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Malaysian singer with sun bear in condominium home charged

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    The Star/Asia News Network

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /   10:10 am
Malaysian singer with sun bear in condominium home charged Zarith Sofia Yasin, 27, was accused of keeping the sun bear without a permit at her condominium in Desa Pandan at about 8pm on June 6 (ANN/The Star)

A singer who made headlines for allegedly keeping a sun bear in her apartment has claimed trial at a Sessions Court in Malaysia to two charges.

 

Zarith Sofia Yasin, 27, was accused of keeping the sun bear, scientifically known as Helarctos malayanus, without a permit at her condominium in Desa Pandan at about 8pm on June 6.

 

The charge under Section 69 (1) of the Wildlife Protection Act carries a maximum fine of RM200,000 (S$65,000) or jail of up to 10 years, or both, if convicted.

A singer who made headlines for allegedly keeping a sun bear in her apartment has claimed trial at a Sessions Court in Malaysia to two charges.

Zarith Sofia Yasin, 27, was accused of keeping the sun bear, scientifically known as Helarctos malayanus, without a permit at her condominium in Desa Pandan at about 8pm on June 6.

The charge under Section 69 (1) of the Wildlife Protection Act carries a maximum fine of RM200,000 (S$65,000) or jail of up to 10 years, or both, if convicted."My client also has to support her parents," he said.

 

Datuk Mohd Haaziq also argued that there was no evidence that Zarith would disturb the witnesses in the case.

Sessions Court judge Manira Mohd Nor allowed bail at RM10,000 in one surety.

The judge also ordered Zarith to report at a police station monthly and to surrender her passport to the court.

Zarith paid the bail.

A video of the sun bear peeking its head out of an open window and making noise went viral recently.

According to news reports quoting Zarith, she claimed she found the sun bear, that she named Bruno, in a weakened state near Bukit Ampang about two weeks ago and decided to nurse it to health.

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