28 Aug '12, 6am

Victory: Judge Denies Bail in Galapagos Iguana Smuggling Case

Victory: Judge Denies Bail in Galapagos Iguana Smuggling Case

Judge Denies Bail in Galapagos Iguana Smuggling Case Monday’s hearing at the court on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos was a huge win for conservation and wildlife protection. It also sent a clear message to people intending to commit environmental crimes that their wrongdoing will not be tolerated. The objective of the hearing was to analyze a bail request of German national, Dirk Bender. There were two options for the judge to rule on this request: a) To grant bail and set its amount with due consideration of environmental damage b) To deny bail on grounds of public interest, seriousness of the case, or risk of escape. In application of Article 176 of the Penal Procedural Code of Ecuador, the judge denied the defendant’s bail request. This is the first time EVER that a defendant will be kept locked up in the Galapagos for an environmental case, and it is looking more a...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/08/27/judg...

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