Two officers that were allegedly caught poaching turtles within Koror State’s Conservation Area Ngerderrak, have been named and will be charged according to report made by Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch J. Sengebau-Senior.
The officers named are Rull Debedebek and Bion Blunt. BPS Director Ishmael Aquon said that disciplinary action will also be taken against both officers while AG’s office handle the charges.
Pictures and reports of the officers caught poaching within a conservation during an off-season for turtles circulated on social media, which brought attention to the incident.
The post says that one of the officers is an officer assigned to President Security Detail and the other is K9 Customs Officer. The post is being shared extensively on social media.
Ngederrak Conservation Area is one of the seven marine protected areas of Koror with restrictions including “No Entry, No Boats, No Disturbance, No Removal and No Harvesting of any plant of animal life”.
Koror State Department of Law Enforcement and Conservation issued a statement saying Ngederrak is “unique marine habitat and an oasis for critically and endangered species (Dugong, Giant Clams, Napoleon Wrase, Green Turtle and Hawksbil Turtle) and that poachers will be prosecuted. (By: L.N. Reklai)