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COPYRIGHT: Agence France Presse, October 6, 2004
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HEADLINE: China sentences two to death for smuggling endangered species
A Chinese court sentenced two people to death and another to life in jail after they were convicted of smuggling the pelts of nearly 1,400 endangered animals into Tibet, state press reported Wednesday.
Among the pelts confiscated were those of Bengal tigers, golden leopards, otter and lynx, all classified by China as endangered species, Xinhua news agency said.
Officials valued the haul at 63 million yuan (7.6 million dollars), saying it was the largest single seizure of endangered animal products in the region since 1951, the report said.
The ringleader of the group Wang Jie was sentenced to death by the Lhasa intermediate court on Tuesday. Gongbu, a native Tibetan, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. Such a sentence could mean he serves the rest of his life in prison.
Another Tibetan, Laba Ciren, was given a life sentence of life in prison, the report said.
All three appealed the verdict, it said.
The sentences come as the 166 signatory nations to the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species are meeting in Bangkok to thrash out proposals for regulating an increasingly lucrative but illegal wildlife trade.
The three were arrested with the pelts in October 2003 in Tibet’s Ngamring county, along the border with neighboring Nepal, it said.
Earlier reports valued the haul at only 6.52 million yuan. Wednesday’s report did not say why the value had risen so drastically.