BAHAU: A restaurant owner was charged in the magistrate's court here yesterday with five counts of unlawful possession of protected wild animals.
Cha Ah Kew, 41, pleaded not guilty to committing the offences under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Cha was alleged to unlawfully possess a tiger's fur and flesh; two skinned pangolins and their scales; two owl carcasses; and four skinned wildcats. If convicted, he could be fined up to RM3,000 and jailed not more than two years, or both.
He was also charged with unlawful possession of the flesh, fur, feet and skin of a deer. This carried a fine not exceeding RM3,000 or a maximum jail term of three years, or both on conviction.
Magistrate Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin granted Cha RM3,000 bail in one surety, pending hearing fixed for June 24 and 25. Cha was represented by defence counsel S. Anand. Wildlife and National Parks Department officer Ismail Mahmod appeared for the prosecution. Bernama