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Arrest warrant for pangolin accused
Published on: Friday, July 12, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga

KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court issued a new warrant of arrest against a 27-year-old local charged with having a life pangolin without a permit after he failed to turn up in court since January this year.

Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus fixed Aug 22 for review of the arrest warrant against Mastang Natsir.

The new warrant followed a new development on the case, informed by the prosecution during the proceedings on Thursday, which was fixed to review the previous warrant.

The new warrant will be issued to the new address at Puchong in Selangor as Prosecuting Officer Abdul Karim Dakog from the Wildlife Department informed the court that a policeman who tried to trace Mastang’s whereabouts managed to communicate with Mastang’s father. 

Abdul Karim said the father informed the police that his son is currently working in a factory in Puchong, Selangor. 

The father also gave two contact numbers to the police who then contacted Mustang and asked him to surrender himself.

Mustang is accused of having the life Malayan pangolin without a permit at 1.25pm on Oct 26, 2017 at a car park in Anjung Selera, Tanjung Lipat, Likas.

The offence under Section 41(1)/34 of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 provides for a fine of up to RM50,000 or a jail term of up to five years, or both, on conviction.

He was charged together with another accused Mohd Hafiz Halan, 29, who had on Jan 21 this year, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to a year’s jail and ordered to pay a fine of RM50,000 or a year’s jail.– Cynthia D Baga 



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