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Police Seize Illegal Pets

Bali Expat's Home Raided by Police. 6 Animals Confiscated.

(8/3/2002) The Indonesian-language newspaper KOMPAS reports that Bali's provincial police, in cooperation with Government conservation officers, raided the home of an American resident in Bali on July 31, 2002 and confiscated 6 endangered species.

According to the press report, police came to the home of Benjamin Abrams in the beachside Sanur area, seized the animals, and placed them in the protective custody of the Bali Zoo Park in Gianyar. Mr. Abrams, a legal and business consultant on the island, was away in Surabaya at the time of the police visit, and will be summoned by Police authorities upon his return to Bali. Two watchmen at the property have already undergone police interviews in the matter.

Among the animals confiscated were an orangutan, sulfur crested cockatoo, Nias Island Minor birds, and a black-headed Nuri.

Indonesian criminal law provides for a maximum fine of Rp. 100 million (approximately US$11,000) and five years imprisonment for those convicted of illegal possession of endangered species.