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A 39-year-old man currently on trial on charges of smuggling various endangered animal species into Japan has told police he had a hand in illegally importing more than 1,000 rare animals in the six years to 2005, it was learned Monday.

Metropolitan Police Department officers sent papers on another case involving Yoshiyuki Abiko — in which he allegedly violated the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law by smuggling four rhinoceros iguanas, which are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, into Japan — to prosecutors the same day.

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