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U.A.E. Citizen Nabbed 'Trying To Smuggle Falcons' From Kyrgyzstan


The saker falcon is often used for hunting in Central Asian and Persian Gulf states.

BISHKEK -- A citizen of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has been arrested at Bishkek's Manas international airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle rare birds out of the country, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Airport spokeswoman Jypar Israilova told RFE/RL on November 22 that the suspect was detained on November 21 when checking in for a Bishkek-Dubai flight. She said customs police found four rare saker falcons in his luggage.

The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a rare species protected by international and Kyrgyz law.

The nobility in the Persian Gulf states uses saker falcons for hunting.

The average price for a saker falcon on the Kyrgyz black market is $10,000-15,000.

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