CABS activist acquitted of all charges of illegal trespassing
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CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows, was today acquitted of all charges in the law courts in Valletta, after a bird trapper accused her of “illegally trespassing on his land last December.”
In a statement CABS said that the court heard that Burrows, “a known ornithologist and expert in the handling of live birds, was indeed on the site in question, but acquitted her after officers of the Naxxar police confirmed that they have specifically requested Ms. Burrows help in a case of illegal trapping of plovers on that particular site on that day.”
CABS added that “it turned out that the trapper, whose case is still pending, knew that she was assisting the police but nevertheless tried to intimidate her by filing the charges.”
CABS said that it had expected the case to be dropped, commenting “that this was just one of many examples of how the FKNK and their members are systematically wasting police and court resources by filing false reports to defame and muzzle birdwatchers who have witnessed hunting crimes.”
“FKNK also has reported CABS activists of illegally handling protected birds and for the alleged illegal intercepting of trappers´ mobile phones,” stated CABS.
“All of these accusations were dismissed by the courts as nonsense,” CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld said, and added that in the last years “more than 40 FKNK members were found guilty of illegal trapping after they have been filmed by CABS.”