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Friday
Jul272007

Scientist fined for smuggling orchids

National News reports that a pharmaceutical researcher caught smuggling rare orchids into the UK from his native Malaysia has been handed a stiff fine.

Scientist Fined For Smuggling Orchids
Friday, 27th July 2007


A top scientist jailed for smuggling more than 100 "priceless" orchids into Britain has been ordered to pay up more than £100,000.

Pharmaceutical researcher Dr Sian Lim, 33, was caught smuggling some of the rarest species of the beautiful, fragrant and delicate plant into Britain from his native Malaysia.

The illegal trade - dubbed 'orchidelirium' - threatens to destroy some species entirely. Thousands of pounds can be exchanged for each of the flowers admired for their sensuous shape and heady scent.

http://www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=KI2740202C&news_headline=scientist_fined_for_smuggling_orchids

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