Monkey smugglers nabbed in Saudi

Saudi police arrested two Afghan men after seizing 40 monkeys in their truck destined for the local market, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The two confessed that they had been trading in monkeys they hunt in the mountains and selling them to animal zoos and other customers in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah, Aljazeera Arabic language daily said.

Police seized the two in the western town of Taif after suspected their truck was carrying illegal items, the paper said.

“They confessed to the police that they hunt monkeys alive in Taif mountains and sell them in Jeddah…the two will face trial on charges of illegal trading and violating the labour law,” it said.

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