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B40k bail for Russian woman found in possession of dead coral in Phuket

Shela Riva

 

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Some of the dead coral and shells found at the bungalow of Liliya Karmanova and Polina Lihtmen. Photo: DMCR Phuket office

 

PHUKET: The 20-year-old Russian woman who was found to be in illegal possession of dead corals at her bungalow in Karon last week is out on bail while awaiting her court sentence, Nares Choopueng from the Department Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office confirmed today (Feb 7).

 

Mr Nares also confirmed that not only Liliya Karmanova, 20, from Novosibirsk in Siberia was charged for the illegal possession of coral, but also her friend who was sharing their Karon bungalow, Polina Lihtmen.

 

“Both women were charged for the illegal possession of coral and are on bail of probably the standard amount for this charge, B40,000,” said Mr Nares.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/b40k-bail-for-russian-woman-found-in-possession-of-dead-coral-in-phuket-65878.php

 
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1 hour ago, Topdoc said:

Wouldn't a warning and perhaps a small fine be sufficient? 

These look like bits of coral that could be lying around on the beach. 

 

And what about the 11 billion pieces of plastic?

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/11-billion-pieces-of-plastic-bringing-disease-from-thailand-to-great-barrier-reef

 

my thoughts exactly, just looks to me like a pile of shells and dead stuff you find walking on a beach, unless they can prove she took it from a coral bed while diving then I can't see how she has done anything wrong.

 

Just like the smoking ban enforced under marine protection law - unless someone is caught littering on the beach I fail to see how there are any laws broken by smoking and properly disposing of the butt/litter

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just crazy.  the environmental impact of gathering a small bit of dead coral is nil. .... so typical,.... at the same time whole reefs are sickened by runoff from resorts, construction and sewage.

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40k bail for this dead stuff and only 150k for killing black leopard, a Kalij pheasant and a barking deer........TIT

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44 minutes ago, smedly said:

my thoughts exactly, just looks to me like a pile of shells and dead stuff you find walking on a beach, unless they can prove she took it from a coral bed while diving then I can't see how she has done anything wrong.

 

Just like the smoking ban enforced under marine protection law - unless someone is caught littering on the beach I fail to see how there are any laws broken by smoking and properly disposing of the butt/litter

Possession is illegal, in Thailand same as European countries, USA, Australia, etc.

Must admit I don't know about Russia.

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She took to picking up corals washed to the shore because picking mushrooms would have landed her in jail. 

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21 hours ago, Topdoc said:

Wouldn't a warning and perhaps a small fine be sufficient? 

These look like bits of coral that could be lying around on the beach. 

 

And what about the 11 billion pieces of plastic?

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/11-billion-pieces-of-plastic-bringing-disease-from-thailand-to-great-barrier-reef

 

It is called priorities.

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On 2/7/2018 at 4:04 PM, stevenl said:

Possession is illegal, in Thailand same as European countries, USA, Australia, etc.

Must admit I don't know about Russia.


It is incorrect to claim that there is a blanket prohibition in the US, Europe, etc. It would be illegal in the US to own Thai coral without documentation of legal ownership, e.g. bought before 1976, because it is illegal in Thailand to possess Thai coral. There are not many species totally unique to Thailand, but if you are just returning from Thailand and get caught in a customs inspection...

Ownership of certain species of endangered corals is  prohibited in the US. Some states prohibit ownership of some species peculiar to their waters.
There is no blanket prohibition. I believe the same is essentially true in the other nations you mention.

Whn in doubt inquire of your nation's customs department.

In Thailand leave sleeping corals lie.


That said, I have picked some up, examined it, and put it back down.

I do think 40K is a bit steep, but I guess they pose a flight risk as Immigration Control has not been completely effective at halting scofflaws lately.

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Corals can, with one or two exceptions, not be legally taken into the USA, Europe, Australia, etc.

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6 hours ago, natway09 said:

And what about the hundreds of Thais actually selling it ???????

 

Exactly. 

 

The old "sell, inform, and then arrested" routine.

 

 

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15 hours ago, stevenl said:

Corals can, with one or two exceptions, not be legally taken into the USA, Europe, Australia, etc.

Nothing different than saying driving is illegal.  To be legal both require simple licenses.  CITES for coral, driving license to drive.  Pay a fee and illegal becomes legal.

 

 

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5 hours ago, steelepulse said:

Nothing different than saying driving is illegal.  To be legal both require simple licenses.  CITES for coral, driving license to drive.  Pay a fee and illegal becomes legal.

 

 

 

True SP. 

 

However, EVERYTHING is "for sale" in Thailand. 

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6 hours ago, steelepulse said:

Nothing different than saying driving is illegal.  To be legal both require simple licenses.  CITES for coral, driving license to drive.  Pay a fee and illegal becomes legal.

 

 

Utterly nonsense.

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