Daily Sabah on 5th July reported that gendarmerie units in an eastern province have detained 2 suspects who were smuggling insects and butterflies abroad.  Troops are said to have discovered equipment such as traps used to catch the animals, along with 600 different species of insects and 25 butterflies kept in boxes.  It says that Turkey’s rich flora and fauna has often been the target of bio-smugglers in recent years.  Authorities have stepped up efforts to clamp down on smugglers but laws only allow fines and deportation for captured foreign suspects.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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