JAKARTA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian police have detained a man in Banten province for illegally trading endangered animals.
The man was captured on Wednesday with several protected animals seized during the arrest, the Provincial Police's Special Crime Director Nunung Syaifuddin said on Thursday.
"We have seized the endangered animals which have been sold online," he said.
The man admitted that he had sold 15 Javanese langurs, one crested serpent-eagle, one weasel and one wild cat, the police officer said.
Under the Indonesian law, the alleged trader could face a five-year jail term if found guilty, the director said.
"We will develop this illegal trade case to break up its network, including the poacher of the animals," he was quoted by local media as saying.
Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation, is known as one of the most species-rich nations as its large area of rain forests is home to numerous floral and animal species in over 17,500 islands. Enditem