[Taxacom] The dangers of conservation work

Robin Leech releech at telusplanet.net
Sun Jul 15 13:05:37 CDT 2007

Does this mean that the US and Holland will cut financial aid
to Brazil?
Robin Leech
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul van Rijckevorsel" <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
To: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:26 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] The dangers of conservation work

> [continued]
> Several developments over the weekend. At
> http://www.helpmarcvanroosmalen.nl/index.php/nieuw_processtuk
> there is a Dutch translation of a judicial paper (habeas corpus),
> specifying the charge concerning the naming of new species.
> The legal reasoning appears to be the following:
> * van Roosmalen was a Civil Servant (up to 2003), with an exclusive 
> contract
> that prohibited any activities "on the side".
> * Brazilian law has a provision for Civil Servants who appropriate or sell
> off government property under their care (Art. 312).
> * The new species were discovered by van Roosmalen while a Civil Servant. 
> As
> the right to name them apparently can bring in money this is to be
> considered government property of considerable value. In offering on the 
> web
> to name species after a benefactor van Roosmalen was offering to sell
> something. As one can only sell what one owns it logically follows that he
> had appropriated this government property for his own use.
> * The verdict on this charge alone was a sentence of eight years and three
> months, to be served in a high-security institution.
> The report is that he has now been moved back to the fifty-to-a-cell
> institution where he was confined before.
> The website offers a draft letter which can be sent to a few suggested
> adresses (http://www.helpmarcvanroosmalen.nl/index.php/petitie; this draft
> obviously still needs work). The list of adressees has not been finalized.
> Paul
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