Forest rangers in southern Vietnam suspended following newspaper expose

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Images of Le Quoc Van and Mai Ngoc Dat, both provincial conservation officers who have been suspended for selling protected animals and illicit products derived from them. Images of Le Quoc Van and Mai Ngoc Dat, both provincial conservation officers who have been suspended for selling protected animals and illicit products derived from them.

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The director of Dong Nai Province’s agriculture department has decided to suspend two forest rangers caught selling the very wildlife they were tasked with protecting while in uniform.
Pham Minh Dao, director of the department, signed a 15-day suspension order for Le Quoc Van, an employee at Vinh Cuu District’s Forest Management Board, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
On Friday, Dao said he asked the Forest Management Board that employs Mai Ngoc Dat to suspend him as well for the same reason.
On September 6, Tuoi Tre reported that Dat and Van were caught selling protected animals and products derived from them (including bear bile) to a man named P. from neighboring Ho Chi Minh City.
The two took P. to various local suppliers in August, the report said.
Dao said he demanded an explanation from the people named in the report, but they have denied any involvement.

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