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Former forest rangers, deforesters jailed

Update: December, 26/2013 - 09:10
The defendants, including two forest rangers, were prosecuted for trading more than 22,100 chopping-boards and 75 boxes, equivalent to more than 136 cubic metres of the endangered nghien (Burretiodendron hsienmu) wood, between late 2012 and early 2013. — Photo dienbientv

DIEN BIEN (VNS)— The People's Court in the northern province of Dien Bien yesterday sentenced five people to prison terms of up to 30 months for illegally trading in rare wood.

The defendants, including two forest rangers, were prosecuted for trading more than 22,100 chopping-boards and 75 boxes, equivalent to more than 136 cubic metres of the endangered nghien (Burretiodendron hsienmu) wood, between late 2012 and early 2013.

The court also ordered the confiscation of nearly 6,700 chopping boards and 75 boxes, seized by the police - and directed the defendants to pay VND52 million (US$2,400) to the State budget. — VNS

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