West Bali housewife arrested for allegedly keeping endangered green turtles for sale
A 39-year-old woman from Bali’s Jembrana Regency was arrested recently, with police claiming she bought four green turtles with the intention of reselling the endangered species.
The woman, identified by her initials SA, allegedly acquired the green turtles from a fisherman and purchased them for IDR 2 million (USD 137) each.
“The suspect intended to resell the green turtles,” Yogie Pramagita, head of the general crimes unit in the Jembrana neighborhood, said yesterday.
Authorities received information from local residents about someone keeping green turtles in their home, which led to an investigation that led them to SA’s home in Negara district.
“The suspect said it was the first time she had done such a thing,” Yogie said.
SA was charged with articles under Indonesian Conservation Law, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to IDR 100 million (US $ 6,875).
The green turtle, or Chelonia mydas, is a species protected in Indonesia under a 1999 government regulation on the preservation of species of flora and fauna. This species of large sea turtle is also listed as threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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