The Hanoi People’s Court handed down a jail sentence of six years to Nguyen Huu Hue, born in 1967 in the central province of Nghe An, for illegally transporting and trading frozen tiger cubs.
|Nguyen Huu Hue, Phan Van Vui and Ho Anh Tu (Source: cand.com.vn) |
Hue's accomplices Phan Van Vui, 35; and Ho Anh Tu, 29, who are also residing in Nghe An, were sentenced to 5 years in prison for each.
At the end of July last year, Hue and his accomplices were arrested while illegally transporting seven frozen tiger cubs which were declared to originate from a farm in Laos.
Hue has been known as the head of a ring specializing in transnationally trading and transporting tigers and other endangered and rare wild animals for many years, but with his sophisticated tricks, Hue repeatedly escaped from criminal charges.
According to a report on wildlife violations and law enforcement in Vietnam from 2013-2017 conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Department of Criminal Justice Statistics and Information Technology at the Supreme People’s Procuracy, Vietnam recorded more than 1,500 wildlife crimes, seizing over 41,300 kg of wildlife specimens and products, from January 2013 to December 2017.
Some 1,460 people have reportedly violated regulations on wildlife protection, of whom 432 were brought to trial with criminal charges.