Smuggling of 41 Live Tortoises detected

On 07th January 2016, 41 Numbers of live star tortoises (Geochelons elegans) were being smuggled out and was detected at Departure Terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport. These tortoises were concealed in two checked in baggage belonged to a Sri Lankan passenger who was bound for Thailand. This is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.

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