KOTA KINABALU: One man has been charged in court with an offence related to the death of a protected pygmy elephant in Sungai Udin, Dumpas Tawau, and three more will face the same charge on Friday (Nov 15).
Estate operator, Jaifol Liun, 52, was accused of not handing over two elephant tusks to the authorities following the Sept 25 incident.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge framed under the Wildlife Act 1997 before Tawau Sessions Court judge Awang Krisnada Awang Mahmud.
According to the charge sheet, he committed the offence at about 2am on Oct 2, at the Kg Felda Umas supervisors quarters.
He is accused of failing to produce the tusks of the protected species to authorities and could be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to two years, or both upon conviction.
The judge set re-mention of the case for Dec 11 at the same court and allowed him a bail RM7,000 with two sureties. He was also ordered to surrender his international passport.
Jaifol is also required to report himself to the Tawau Wildlife Department once in two weeks and is not allowed to tamper with any of the prosecution witnesses.
Apart from Jaifol, three others – Paranchoi Nordin, 58, Abdullah Simin, 68, dan Martin Alok, 44 – will be brought to court on Friday (Nov 15) to face the same charge.
Parachoi and Abdullah were earlier charged under the Firearms Act and is serving their two year jail sentence, while Martin was earlier charged under the Immigrations Act and is serving his two month jail sentence.
The three had pleaded guilty to these charges on Oct 22.
In the Sept 25 incident, anglers discovered a carcass of an adult pygmy elephant tied to a tree trunk by the Sungai Udin riverbank.
The elephant was found riddled with over 70 bullet wounds and its two tusks were missing.
Six suspects were subsequently nabbed for various related offences.
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