15 Feb '12, 12pm
Malaysian court charges tiger, ivory smuggler; he had 22 tiger skulls with him!!
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian court on Wednesday charged a man arrested near the Thai border in possession of tiger skins and African ivory, in the latest case pointing to a thriving market for endangered wildlife. A district court in northern Kedah state, bordering Thailand, charged Malaysian citizen Mohamad Nor Sharmizam Nasir, 29, with possessing eight tiger skins, 22 tiger skulls and other bones, and nine pieces of African ivory. He was arrested early on Friday in a raid on his house where the animal parts were seized, said Shahruddin Othman, an official with the state's wildlife department. The penalty in Malaysia for possessing the parts of protected wildlife such as tigers is up to five years in jail and a fine of up to 500,000 ringgit (S$207,000).