3 sentenced for possessing wild animal parts

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A Ho Chi Minh City court Thursday jailed three men for illegally possessing body parts of endangered animals.

Bang Tien Quan, 38, was sentenced to eight months and 24 days in jail while Ha Van Nga, 41, and Nguyen Le Huong, 38, respectively got suspended sentences of two years and nine months.

In December last year Quan was caught red-handed by the HCMC environmental police while transporting a tiger skeleton and other animal bones.

He said he had bought them from Nga for VND169 million (US$8,100) to make traditional medicine.

Police searched Nga's house and seized two dead tiger cubs soaked in wine, a skull of an Indochinese tiger, three pairs of gaur horns, four pairs of Asian elephant tusks, and other wild animal parts.

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Nga told the police he had bought them in 2010 from some Laotians at the Cau Treo Border Gate in Ha Tinh Province and from some ethnic minority people in Kon Tum Province for VND500 million ($24,000).

He had also bought an elephant tail and a pair of tusks worth VND123 million ($5,900) from Huong.

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