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Jakarta Post

Smugglers sought after 687 rare turtles found at airport

  • Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang   /   Tue, April 2 2013   /  11:43 am

Officials at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport have confiscated 687 endangered baby pig-nosed turtles reportedly intended to be smuggled to Hong Kong.

Jakarta Fish Quarantine, Quality Control and Fishery Products Safety Agency (BKIPM) head Teguh Samudro said on Monday that the turtles were found in packages registered as hold baggage on a Sriwijaya Air flight from Papua via Makassar, South Sulawesi, to Jakarta, on March 15.

“The packages were broken when they arrived at the airport, so we could tell what was inside,” Teguh said, declining to specify why the BPKIM waited two weeks to reveal the case.

Teguh said the owner of the packages remained unknown, despite that all luggage checked as hold baggage is registered in airline systems, along with the owner’s identity.

The shipment lacked proper documents, making it difficult to determine the sender, re...