Coupled jailed for trafficking wildlife bones in northern Vietnam

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A woman was sentenced to four years in prison while her husband received a three-year jail term for running a ring trafficking wildlife bones at a trial in Hanoi Monday.

According to the indictment, the ring, led by Nguyen Thuy Dung, 50, and Nguyen The Gioi, 55, was busted on September 15 last year, when police found four people transporting tens of kilograms of tiger, chamois and leopard bones in a car.

The bust later led police to raid the house of the married couple where officials found sacks containing tiger skeletons, leopard heads, and many animal' bones, along with hundreds of bags of bile.

A report on VnExpress on Monday said police also found devices and equipment used for processing bones and bile.

The report said Dung told police that she started trafficking wildlife bones in 2004 and charged between VND1.5 million and VND13 million (US$71-619) per kilogram.

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She said she hired the four people to make deliveries to her customers.

The Hanoi's People's Court sentenced two of the deliverers to three years and one and a half years in jail, respectively.

Two others received suspended sentences of three years, and 15 months, respectively.

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