11 Aug '12, 2am

Galapagos Iguana Case: Defendant Should Not Be Granted Bail via @seashepherd

Galapagos Iguana Case: Defendant Should Not Be Granted Bail By Sea Shepherd Galapagos Foreign tourist and suspect in a wildlife smuggling case Dirk Bender of Germany, currently detained under penal prosecution, has requested bail. A hearing will take place sometime next week to analyze Bender´s petition. Mr. Bender was already convicted eight months ago in a similar case in Fiji, where he tried to extract endangered Fijian iguanas . Since July 8th, 2012, Sea Shepherd has been monitoring this case in an effort to contribute legal arguments on the importance of enforcing environmental laws. Sea Shepherd already appeared at the preliminary hearing to advocate for proper application of laws protecting the iguanas that are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Now, we are preparing a legal brief, advocating for application of a recent legal reform, which allows judges to deny bail ...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/08/10/gala...

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