Appeal for heavier sentence against wildlife smuggler moved to Oct 29

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  • Friday, 08 Oct 2010

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has postponed to Oct 29, an application for a heavier sentence against convicted wildlife trafficker Anson Wong.

Wong's new counsel Datuk Shafee Abdullah requested for the postponement Friday, saying he had just received the appeal records in the morning and needed more time to study them.

"They are expecting me to argue it today. This is completely unjustified," Shafee told reporters outside the court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar objected to the request for postponement, saying the case was in the public's interest. He also said he had received the records on Wednesday but was prepared to argue the appeal Friday.

Wong, 52, from Penang and whose real name is Wong Keng Liang, was caught at the KL International Airport on Aug 26 trying to smuggle boa constrictors to Jakarta.

He was sentenced to six month's jail and fined a total of RM190,000 on Sept 6 by the Sepang Sessions Court for smuggling 95 snakes without a permit.

On Sept 8, the Attorney-General's Chambers filed an appeal for a heavier sentence against Wong.

Various conservation groups had expressed disappointment with the sentence, saying Malaysia should show that it was serious in tackling wildlife trafficking.

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