Three men jailed for ivory smuggling
Three men have been sentenced up to 32 years in prison for the smuggling more than 200 kilos of African ivory.
The defendants are Nguyen Van Nam, 38, from Hanoi; Duong Van Phong, 40, from Bac Giang Province and Nguyen Van Hung, 29, from Lang Son Province. Nam and Phong were sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Hung was sentenced for 10 years.
On September 30 last year, the Hanoi police saw two cars parking at Thien Thanh Lake area in Gia Lam
Phong and Nam were arrested on the spot and Hung turned himself in to the police afterwards.
According to the investigation, Phong knew a Chinese man and a Vietnamese interpreter who both have not yet been identified. They asked Phong to seek a large amount of ivory for them to buy.
Phong then told Nam about the business and Nam agreed on the supply.
On September 30 last year, Phong took the Chinese man and the interpreter to meet Nam to discuss the place to receive the product. They choose Ninh Hiep Market in Gia Lam Market for this. Nam asked Hung, his relative, to guide the ivory car to the meeting point.
The police swooped but the Chinese man and his interpreter escaped.
Nam confessed that the ivory had been bought from a man at Times City Urban Area in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
The case is still under further investigation.
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