BirdLife Cyprus cries foul over weak penalty for falcon slaughterers

A pair of poachers involved in the shocking shooting of 52 Red-footed Falcons Falco Vespertinus at Akrotiri, Cyprus, last year were yesterday fined a ?derisory? ?1,250 each, BirdLife Cyprus protested.

The British Sovereign Base Area (SBA) court could have imposed a maxiumum penalty of ?17,000 and three years imprisonment. The massacre was the worst case of raptor killing ever reported in Cyprus.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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