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Indonesia arrests trader over rare animal parts

He allegedly sold body parts from protected species online. -AFP

Mon, Feb 28, 2011

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Indonesian police have arrested a man for allegedly selling body parts from protected species online, including tiger skins and crocodile genitals, an official said Thursday.

Police detained the man last week in western Jakarta and confiscated animal parts including a bear's head, deer antlers and a crocodile's penis, conservation official Darori told AFP.

"He was also selling skins, claws, teeth and even the whiskers of the endangered Sumatran tiger as souvenirs," he said.

"He sold the parts online to foreign buyers. We don't know how much he sold them for but they can fetch millions of rupiah (hundreds of dollars)," he added.

The suspect, who faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted of illegal trading, might be a part of global network of dealers in wildlife parts, Darori said.

There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to conservationists.

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