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Friday
Jul272007

Couple jailed for smuggling rare tortoises

A couple attempting to smuggle 48 endemic Radiated and Spider Tortoises from Madagascar to Italy have been sentenced to a year in prison

Spanish couple get jail for trying to smuggle Malagasy tortoises

DPA, 27 July 2007

Antananarivo - A Spanish couple who were caught trying to smuggle 48 rare tortoises out of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar have been sentenced to one year in prison by a Malagasy court, local media reported Friday. The couple, who had been posing as tourists, were detained at Ivato International Airport in the capital Antananarivo on July 7 as they were attempting to fly to Italy.

X-ray scanners detected the tortoises stashed in their luggage in flippers, shoes, jewellery cases and clothing.

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