|The convicts at the trial.—Photo vov.vn
NGHE AN (VNS) — The People's Court in the central Nghe An Province's Que Phong District yesterday jailed four people for a total of 19 years for exploiting endangered and precious timber trees.
Forty-year-old Luong Van Tam, 36-year-old Vi Van Hoai and 21-year-old Vi Van Binh from Que Phong District were sentenced to six years, five years and four years in prison, respectively. Cao Minh Quyet, 29, from Quy Hop District was also sentenced to four years in prison.
The convicts were caught in the act while they were illegally exploiting 253cu.m of Viet Nam conifer (cunninghamia konishii) trees in Pu Hoat Nature Conservation Centre in Que Phong District on July 3.
The Viet Nam conifer trees are a genus of one or two species of evergreen coniferous trees of the cypress family. It is native to northern Viet Nam, China, Taiwan and Laos.
The Viet Nam conifer is used mostly for building houses and temples and is known for its soft and highly durable scented wood. — VNS