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Former Johor Perhilitan Director Acquitted Of Rhino Horn Theft Charge

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JOHOR BAHARU – The Sessions Court here today acquitted and discharged a former director of Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) on a charge of stealing a century-old rhinoceros horn from the Johor Royal Museum in October last year.

Judge Sabariah Atan made the decision after the prosecution withdrew charges against the accused, Yusoff Shariff, 47.

The court also ordered the RM5,000 bail imposed on the accused be returned.

On March 31, defence lawyer Datuk Hanif Hassan submitted a representation to the court to cancel the case.

Yusoff was accused of stealing the rhino horn placed in front of the Royal Museum of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Building, without proper approval on Oct 15, 2015 at 2.30 pm.

However, when brought to court on Dec 28, 2015, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Meanwhile, Yusoff who is currently the deputy director of Ex-Situ Division, Perhilitan Headquarters Office in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, expressed his gratitude to all those involved in the care of his case.

“In this case, I was actually just carrying out my work in transfering the horn to another place but a misunderstanding occurred,” he said when met by reporters after the end of today’s proceedings. – BERNAMA

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