Brothers charged over wildlife offences in Malaysia

Brothers charged over wildlife offences in Malaysia

SEPANG - Two brothers were each charged in the Sessions Court here with eight counts of keeping protected wildlife and species without permits.

Muhammad Ibrahim Fikri Abdullah Sani, 29, and his brother Muhammad Umar Firdaus, 20, were accused of keeping one Malayan sun bear, a common palm civet, a leopard cat, a Malayan porcupine, two Sunda flying lemurs and 24 barn owls.

The offences were allegedly committed on the South Klang Valley Expressway and at their house in Negri Sembilan on Oct 10.

Both men, who are self-employed, were charged under Sections 60(1)(a), 68(1)(a) and 69(1) of the Wildlife Conservation Act.

Sessions judge Aizatul Akmal Maharani allowed bail at RM20,000 (S$77,000) in two sureties for each accused. The court fixed Nov 14 for mention.

V. Suloshani from the Department of Wildlife Protection and National Parks prosecuted while Khadzar Yusof acted for the brothers.

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