A Kenyan court on Tuesday sentenced a Vietnamese man to five years in jail for illegally possessing some wild animal parts, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
Bui Dong, who was found in possession of game trophies that include ivory and lion jaw teeth, could otherwise pay a fine of about US$11,000 to avoid serving time.
Dong was arrested with two pieces of elephant skin and two teeth of a lion while being screened at a Kenyan airport last year. He was about to fly out of the country to Bangkok.
In 2011, two Vietnamese men convicted of illegal possession of rhino horns were given long custodial sentences by a South African court.
Duc Manh Chu, who was arrested at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport in June 2010, was found guilty of illegally possessing 12 rhino horns
He received a 12 year prison sentence - 10 years for possession of the horns, plus an additional two years for fraud.
The second man convicted, Phi Hung Nguyen, also arrested at O.R. Tambo Airport in June 2010, was found guilty of illegal possession of six rhino horns and was sentenced to eight years in prison: one year for each horn he possessed, plus an additional two years for fraud.