Three Russians Charged In Sri Lanka For Stealing Animals, Exotic Plants

By Simeon Godpower   2 weeks ago   216
Environment - Top Stories

Three Russians have been charged with stealing hundreds of endangered animals and exotic plant samples from Sri Lanka’s rainforests and sanctuaries, an official said Friday.

The men were arrested in February in the Horton Plains National Park with 529 animal species, most of which are endemic to the country, wildlife department ranger Pradeep Kumara told AFP.

They had visited rainforests and reserves across the country.

The trio will face court on May 28 on charges of biopiracy and illegally collecting live animals and plants from protected sanctuaries.

“We managed to rescue 230 animals, including scorpions, spiders, butterflies, geckos and lizards and they were released to their natural habitat,” Kumara said.

“The others were already dead.”

The men — a biologist, archaeologist and IT expert — had been in custody but were released on bail as authorities sought to ease overcrowding in prisons during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 925 virus cases, including nine deaths.

Foreigners convicted of biopiracy are usually fined and jailed if they fail to pay.

Two Chinese citizens were fined a record 7.9 million rupees ($52,000) in April last year for attempting to remove 79 insects from national parks.

This year a Chinese man was fined $500 for trying to smuggle out 200 scorpions.

[NewsNaira]



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Kdeall
2 weeks ago

They are thieves 


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Akasa Elizabeth
2 weeks ago

Why will they do that, probably they must have a reason


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2 weeks ago

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Ogor Favour
2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago
There must be a reason for that
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Iwomi Destiny
2 weeks ago

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Ikechi Eke
2 weeks ago

Evil men every where


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Favor Peter
2 weeks ago

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Solagbade Idris
2 weeks ago

Where there's no law, there is no sin

 


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Musa Shehu
2 weeks ago

They should be finished


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Sunday Ojomah
2 weeks ago

trying to smuggle out 200 scorpions.


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Osumah Alexander
2 weeks ago

They should be pardoned and given second chance


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