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Russian nabbed after foiled attempt to smuggle protected otters from Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

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Badung, Bali   /   Fri, May 24, 2019   /  05:02 pm
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I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport authorities in Bali foiled an attempt to smuggle four otters from Indonesia to Russia.(JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

A Russian national has been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle four Eurasian otters from Bali to Russia on Thursday night. The 35-year-old suspect, identified only as RT, was found with the near-threatened mammals inside his luggage, as well as 10 scorpions. RT was stopped at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport before he was able to board Korean Air flight KE 634 to Seoul, where he would be in transit before heading to Moscow. However, when his luggage passed through the X-ray scanner at the airport’s international departure gate, aviation security found something suspicious in his green suitcase. “After a manual search, our aviation security found four living otters that were put inside the luggage,” said Ngurah Rai airport general manager Haruman Sulaksono on Friday. The four otters were inside a rattan box in...