Sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally trading two Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica)

February 23, 2023

(PLO) – One defendant has received an 18-month prison term for selling two Sunda pangolins without a permit.

On January 23rd, 2023, Truong Quang Bich (born in 1977; resident of Ham Thuan Bac district, Binh Thuan province) was given an 18-month prison term by the People’s Court of Duc Trong district (Lam Dong province) for the offense of “violating regulations on preserve endangered and rare animals.”

On September 1, 2022, Duc Trong district police identified and apprehended the suspect while unlawfully smuggling two live Javanese pangolins weighing 9.3 kg in the Dai Ninh bridge region.

The Investigative Police Agency has decided to prosecute a criminal case regarding the accused, Truong Quang Bich. It carries out the appropriate processes to indict this subject for penal liability per the rules of law.

Pangolins are one of the most endangered wildlife species that are often trafficked and transported illegally. Photo: ENV

Hereafter the two pangolins were cared for and released back into the wild.

The Java pangolin (Manis Javanica) is a mammal species on the list of endangered, valuable, and rare species prioritized for conservation, which was issued alongside Decree 64/2019/ND-CP – the highest degree of species protection in compliance with Vietnamese regulations.

Source: Báo Pháp Luật TP.HCM


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