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    New Zealand jails German underwear gecko smuggler

    New Zealand jails German underwear gecko smuggler



    Geckos and skinks are protected species in New Zealand

    A German man who tried to smuggle 44 live geckos and skinks out of New Zealand in his underwear has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail.

    The Christchurch court heard Hans Kurt Kubus, 58, had sewn pouches into his clothing to hide the protected animals as he had gone through the airport.

    Officials said the lizards could have sold for up to $2,000 (1,239)each.

    Kubus had pleaded guilty to capturing the animals, but said they were for his own collection and not for sale.

    District court judge Colin Doherty told him he had knowingly "plundered part of the wildlife" of New Zealand.

    "I don't think you necessarily came here to steal to sell, but I am sure the fact that you might have had excess was figured into your thinking," the Associated Press quoted Mr Doherty as saying.

    Kubus had eight separate pockets sewn into his underwear, separating the different species he had collected, with room for 24 geckos and 20 skinks.

    Department of Conservation prosecutor Mike Bodie said it was "the most serious case of its kind detected in New Zealand for a decade or more".

    "It's similar to stealing our family silver," he told the Press newspaper.

    Kubus was also fined NZ $5,000 ($3,500; 2,190) and will be deported to Germany on his release.


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    is it the same sort of gekos tou se in ewry thai house in the willages ?

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    Surely just transporting some Eggs would have been easier.

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    NZ has some of the tightest boarder controls/security in the world. You'd have to be a bit silly to try to bring in or take anything out that you're not supposed to.

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    ^still wonder how they got him...


    is full body search common there ?

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    Is that a gecko in your pocket or are you just happy to be leaving Na Zillun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunTzu View Post
    ^still wonder how they got him...


    is full body search common there ?
    Yep, the whole gambit really.

    The funny thing is that it's mostly in aid of protecting NZ's delicate ecology. If just one wrong pest/bug/whatever ends up there it could devastate the whole place, but because of that and the strict controls it requires they often 'stumble' across drug smugglers etc.

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