Man gets 5 years in jail for trading endangered animals

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Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, 23, during a court in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21, 2016. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, 23, during a court in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21, 2016. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A Ho Chi Minh City court Tuesday sentenced a man to five years in jail for trying to sell several endangered wild animals in December.
The police caught Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, 23, when he was selling nine otters and a black-shanked douc to a customer.
Khoa, who opened an illegal shop selling endangered species in Tan Binh District in early 2015, said the otters would have been sold at VND3.5 million (US$157) each and the douc at VND6 million ($269).
The man told the police he had bought the animals from an unidentified truck driver and advertised about them on his Facebook page.
The court also fined him VND50 million ($2,242).

 Oriental small-clawed otter (Amblonyx cinerea) seized from Phan Huynh Anh Khoa’s pet shop in Ho Chi Minh City on December 3, 2015. Photo credit: Wildlife Conservation Society

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