19 May '17, 5am

Japanese man held for wildlife smuggling in Indonesia - Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA: A Japanese man has been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly trying to smuggle hundreds of reptiles out of the archipelago, including snakes, lizards and turtles, authorities and environmentalists said Friday (May 19). Katsuhide Naito, believed to be a major player in the wildlife-smuggling trade, was detained at Jakarta's main airport as he was about to board a flight to Tokyo with over 250 animals hidden in his bags. "Officials became suspicious seeing him with so many suitcases," Tisna Nando, spokeswoman for NGO the Wildlife Conservation Society, which was involved in the investigation, told AFP. "After they were opened, we found hundreds of reptiles, most of them were alive." The reptiles were stuffed into four suitcases and one box and four were dead, said Nando. Advertisement Advertisement Ruchyana, an official from the airport operator who like many Indonesi...

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