Japanese Sentenced in Ecuador for Trying to Bring Home Insects

Society

Sao Paulo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese man was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in Ecuador on Thursday for trying to leave the country with unauthorized insect specimens.

The man, 26, was also slapped with a fine and ordered to post an apology advertisement on a local newspaper.

The defense is expected to appeal the ruling, according to local media.

The man was arrested on March 12 at an airport in Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, after authorities found 371 specimens of beetles, spiders and other insects in his bag during a security check. He did not have the authorizations to bring out of the country 248 of the specimens, which included endangered species.

Ecuador strictly regulates the exportation of its endemic species, which it considers to be "the nation's genetic assets."

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