Cyprus: First ever prison sentence handed down to bird trapper

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The bases claimed last month that 132 people have been convicted for bird trapping over the past four years.
“This is the first time in the history of the Sovereign Bases Area that someone has received a prison sentence  for this type of crime. It is a serious offence for which the SBA has a zero tolerance policy.”
The Dhekelia Sovereign Bases Area Court have sentenced a local man to three months in prison after being found guilty of bird trapping and poaching – it is the first time a custodial sentence has been passed for such a crime.

The 24-year-old man from Achna appeared before a court on the base this morning (20-05-2014.)

SBA police spokesman Andreas Pitsillides said a search of the mans house last May unearthed 182 songbirds, five partridges, 14 quails and seven hares.

“This is the first time in the history of the SBA that someone has received a prison sentence for this type of crime. It is a serious offence for which the SBA has a zero tolerance policy.”

The bases claimed last month that 132 people have been convicted for bird trapping over the past four years.

The announcement came after Prince Charles demanded action to stop the annual ‘barbaric slaughter’ of half a million migrating songbirds in British Sovereign Areas of Cyprus.

In response to the Prince Charles letter, the SBA said they had: “allocated significant resources in its efforts to tackle this illegal activity. Over the last four years, 132 people have been convicted within the SBA’s for mist-netting offences”.

Footnote:

Will Prince Charles now demand similar action to be taken against those convicted of killing protected raptors here in the UK?

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