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Japanese arrested for smuggling of rare animals

JAKARTA, March 24 Kyodo

Indonesian immigration officials have arrested a Japanese national on suspicion of trying to smuggle 28 rare animals out of the country, an evening newspaper said Tuesday.

The Suara Pembaruan daily quoted Agus Wisnu, a customs' official at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta International Airport, as saying that Koji Karita, 25, was arrested Sunday night shortly before trying to leave Jakarta for Tokyo on a Japan Airlines flight.

According to the newspaper, the immigration officials found 25 phalangers in Karita's jacket, as well as a black cat and two monitor lizards in small bags.

Phalangers are usually small or medium-sized nocturnal marsupials native to the Australian region.

Agus said Karita did not have official documents to export the animals.
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Date:Mar 30, 1998
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