Dutchman gets 2 years jail for animal trading

Dutchman gets 2 years jail for animal trading

The defendant accompanied by his interpreter consulted his lawyer after the panel of judges issued a verdict (Antara/Ayu Khania Pranisitha/2019)

The trade began when the defendant shipped handicraft goods made of endangered animals from Bali to the Netherlands in 2014
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a Dutch national to two years' imprisonment for being involved in trading of endangered animals. The court also fined the 56-year old, identified as Eric Roer, Rp50 million or face another two months in jail, the panel of judges presided over by Heriyanti said Wednesday.

The defendant was found guilty of violating Article 21, Paragraph (2) Letter D, in connection with Article 40 Paragraph (2) of the Law No. 5/1990 concerning the conservation of biological resources and their ecosystem.

The trade began when the defendant shipped handicraft goods made of endangered animals from Bali to the Netherlands in 2014, Public prosecutor I Made Lovi Pusnawan said.

The handicraft goods which included interior decorations, wooden statues and stone statues, were sent through a company called Timmers Gens owned by Hans Timmers in the Netherlands.

In this case, Roer was assigned to locate the goods ordered by Hans. After he did so, he contacted Hans by sending photographs and prices of the goods, at a five percent profit, the public prosecutor said.

The defendant later contacted the witness, I Made Suryadi, the owner of PT Praba Surya Internasional engaged in the packing and delivery service.

The bill of landing and invoice shows that the goods were sent by Roer through a freight forwarding company PT Praba Surya Internasional in Bali to Timmers in the Netherlands.  

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