Thai Authorities Arrest Man in Apparent Animal Smuggling Case

In this image provided by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Thai authorities arrest a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok on Aug. 17, 2015. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, that the man is a foreigner and was detained in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border, one of several border crossings where authorities set up checkpoints after the bombing which killed 20 people, many of them foreign tourists, and injured more than 120. (National Council for Peace and Order via AP)

A man was arrested at Thailand’s international airport Friday after he was caught trying to smuggle wild animals out of the country.
The man, identified as a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was trying to board a flight to Dubai when investigators found a baby bear, two leopards, two panthers and at least two monkeys stuffed in his luggage.

The anti-trafficking group FREELAND, whose members were present during the arrest, says the man is believed to be part of a far-reaching animal trafficking network.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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