x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Two men held after 'trying to smuggle 29 rare falcons out of Russia'

Russian customs have detained an Emirati man and a Bangladeshi man for trying to smuggle 29 rare falcons, worth about Dh466,000, out of the country.

Russian customs have detained an Emirati man and a Bangladeshi man for trying to smuggle 29 rare falcons, worth about Dh466,000, out of the country.

Customs said the two men took the birds to Russia to avoid the UAE's harsh summer and planned to return them in autum, a Russian news agency reported.

An examination of the birds two months later found that many of the identification rings gave different ages, genders and even species.

The men face up to seven years in prison if found guilty. The birds were taken to a sanctuary.

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