Malaysia: 6 Pangolin Traffickers Sentenced to Jail

A Malaysian court has sentenced six pangolin smugglers to prison. Photo © Annamiticus
A Malaysian court has sentenced six pangolin smugglers to prison. Photo © Annamiticus

Six pangolin traffickers were sentenced to prison in Malaysia for “unlawful possession and illegal confinement” of 150 pangolins.

The smugglers were identified as Mazlan Razaki, his brother Muhammad Rizal, Nazeri Hassan, Oon Eng Beng, Muhammad Aidi Azwan Azahari, and Syed Muhayazid Syed Mohamed. All six have reportedly been jailed for one year each, and fined a total of RM330,000 (US $103,986). They were arrested in 2012 when the pangolins were found inside the trunks of three vehicles. Of the 150 pangolins, all except 26 were females and 91 were described as “immature”.

According to the New Straits Times, Judge Mohd Rosli Osman found the six guilty of violating Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act of 2010.

Judge Mohd Rosli Osman ruled that the prosecution had proved its case against the six beyond reasonable doubt.

The traffickers’ legal counsel is planning to appeal the case.



Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.