Man charged with selling rare primate

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The Khanh Hoa police department has announced the detainment of a local man while they investigate an accusation that he sold large numbers of protected wildlife to restaurants in the central province over several years.

Hoang Van Tuan, 38, has been charged with illegal trading in endangered wildlife, said Sr. Lt. Col. Tran Huu Tuong, chief of police of Ninh Hoa Town. The local prosecutors' office will consider ratifying the charges.

Under the Vietnamese Penal Codes, the crime is punishable by jail terms of up to seven years and fines of up to VND500 million (US$23,957).

Tuan was arrested at his home in Ninh Hoa Town on January 21 by a joint force of the provincial environmental police and Ninh Hoa District park rangers and police.

Officers found nine live weasels, 12 porcupines, 13 snakes, an endangered black-shanked douc monkey (Pygathrix nigripes) weighing around ten kilograms, nearly 30 kilograms of frozen wildlife meat and 52 animal traps.

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