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Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 8:01
A Dutch professor fined 1.5 million for stealing insects from Sinharaja
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The Ratnapura Magistrate Court fined a Dutch professor 1 million 550 thousand rupees yesterday who took measures to export insects which were captured from the Sinharaja Forest.

The Ratnapura Additional Magistrate Shanaka Kalansooriya imposed this fine when the relevant foreigner was produced before the court by the Officer In Charge of the Raids Unit of the Department of Wild Conservation R.A.D.D. Samaranayake.

Preparations were made to export insects such as ghettoes, cockroaches and spiders which were captured from the Sinharaja forest while 28 objects including 114 valves used to obtain D.N.A blood samples, 109 test tubes and alcohol used to preserve insects were confiscated when arrested the relevant foreigner.

This Dutch national who arrived in the island on the 05th of April using a tourist visa, is an individual who had worked as a professor in the Biology Unit of the University of Amsterdam.

The relevant professor had kept these insects at his accommodation at a private hotel in Sinharaja.

He accepted the 25 charges which were presented against him at the court while the Additional Magistrate had severely ordered him not to return to Sri Lanka once again.

This fine imposed on this Dutch national is considered as the largest fine imposed on a foreigner at a court with regard to wildlife.

The fine imposed on a foreigner for a similar fault was 475 thousand rupees.

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