Indonesian police nabs trader of pangolin scales

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-06 21:36:42|Editor: xuxin
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JAKARTA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Policemen in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province have arrested an alleged perpetrator of illegal trading of critically endangered pangolins.

Director of crime of the West Kalimantan provincial police office Mahyudi Nazriansyah said the trader was captured Thursday in Balai Karangan 4 village of Sanggau district.

"The perpetrator was arrested for alleged possession of scale and species of pangolin," said the officer.

The police also seized a total of 10 kg of pangolin scales.

Under Indonesian law the alleged perpetrator could face a five-year jail term and pay fines if found guilty, the director said.

Being poached for their meat and scales is among the major threats of pangolins, one of the most trafficked mammals in the world.

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