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'Hero' biologist jailed in Brazil

Thursday 21 June 2007

Dutch biologist Marc van Roosmalen has been jailed for 14 years in Brazil for 'stealing apes' after non-registered orphan monkeys were found at his house in the Amazon region.

Roosmalen, voted a Hero of the Planet by Time in 2000, is described by friends as 'brilliant but someone who does not always stick to the rules'.

During his time in the Amazon he has discovered dozens of new species.

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Readers' Comments

Clearly a political move to protect themselves against environmental movements.

By ralph | 26 June 2007 12:32 AM

This only goes to show that no matter how much good you do for the planet if you cross big business' path you're going to be toast.

The Dutch authorities should do everything in their power to get this corrected, including a total ban on imports from Brazil.

Marc has done more than most and to see him jailed for PROTECTING the same species that are being murdered and have their habitats destroyed by the paymasters of his jailers is just a little too much for me.

By Jacques Mattheij | 4 July 2007 4:03 PM

In 2002 the same thing happened to him.

At that point five years ago, he had already been waiting for the permits to house the monkeys. Marco loves the Brazilian forest as much as anyone. He should be released now and Brasil should issue an apology.

Although that would stop the road building and soy farming, logging and everything Marco was saving the forest from. Bummer Indeed. I love Brasil, but this is scary.

By Geoffrey | 15 July 2007 3:24 AM

I spent several weeks travelling up the Rio Negro with Marc in 2002 and even at that time he was convinced that IBAMA had a vendetta against him and wanted to make a scapegoat of him as a supposed biopirate.

He's a lovely guy and I really hope those fighting for his release from jail succeed. It really emphasises quite how corrupt Brazil is.

By Anon | 17 July 2007 9:49 PM

I am a biologist. In my opinion, Marc van Roosmalen may be the most outstanding field biologist working in Brazil today. His crime was trying to protect the Brazilian wilderness and its creatures, many still undiscovered. The important issue now is getting him freed and returned to productive work. Given Brazil's corrupt legal system, this may require pressure from the outside. Is anyone working on the issue?

By uldis roze | 31 August 2007 3:40 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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