Illegal poaching of Scarlet Ibis $180,000 bail for dad, son

In­daraj Ma­habir, 50, and his son Kim­raj have ap­peared be­fore Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trate Chris­tine Charles charged with poach­ing the Scar­let Ibis.

The men were not called up­on to plead when they ap­peared Mon­day af­ter­noon as the charges were laid in­dictably. The mag­is­trate even­tu­al­ly grant­ed them bail in the sum of $90,000 each. Charles al­so warned them not to en­ter the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary.

The de­fen­dants, who were rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Tara­dath Singh, were al­so charged with hunt­ing igua­nas on state lands with­out a li­cense. The plead­ed not guilty to this charge, which is a sum­ma­ry of­fence.

The Ma­habirs, of War­ren Road, Beu­j­cal, were held yes­ter­day by game war­dens and al­leged­ly had five car­cass­es of the pro­tect­ed birds in their pos­ses­sion for hav­ing in their pos­ses­sion, along with sev­en igua­nas. While it is not il­le­gal to hunt igua­nas dur­ing the cur­rent hunt­ing sea­son, the men al­leged­ly could not pro­duce the re­quired per­mit.

Both men can face a hefty fine of $.5 mil­lion each and pos­si­ble two years im­pris­on­ment if found guilty on the sub­stan­tive charge.

The Scar­let Ibis is an En­vi­ron­men­tal­ly Sen­si­tive Species (ESS) un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal­ly Sen­si­tive Species Rules and pos­ses­sion in­curs a fine of up to $100,000 for each bird, with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of up to 2 years im­pris­on­ment.

Both mat­ters were ad­journed to De­cem­ber 21.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat

Source: TT Guardian:

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