A suspect who was attempting to illegally take 41 star tortoises to Bangkok has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
Our Airport reporter stated that the suspect had attempted to take the tortoises concealed in his luggage.
It is stated that cello tapes were wrapped around the tortoises to prevent it moving about in the luggage.
The tortoises were found when the luggage of the suspect who was to fly to Bangkok at dawn 1.20am was inspected. The 39 year old suspect who is a resident of Grand pass area has stated that the tortoises were captured from Chilaw area.
Steps are taken to hand over the tortoises which were confiscated to the wild life officials. Our reporter stated that the suspect was fined Rupees two lakhs.