They may face a real prison term
Attempted smuggling of a large load of wild animal derivatives, including ones of the Siberian tiger as well as a firearm and amber brought some Chinese citizens into custody, as PRIMPRESS reported citing the ‘Amur Tiger’ organisation’s press office.
As experts have found out the main part of the load is derivatives of at least five individuals of the Siberian tiger (a dressed hide, 18 claws, bones and four knee-caps) and of at least of 220 of the white-bearded and the brown bears (879 legs, 306 claws, 3 gall bladder and 6 kneecaps). The damages are estimated as at least 50M rubles ($881K).
The confiscated stones are unprocessed amber worth 40,000 rubles ($705) and the firearm is a Saiga-410 smoothbore gun. Exporting any of these without a special permission is a felony.
‘The inquiry is under way, and we will learn more details of the case. One should know however that investigation of cases of this kind is a difficult job, and masterminds as well as animal killers are rarely to be identified. They always manage to remain in shadow. The detectives’ skills aren’t the issue, the task of following a lengthy criminal chain is too tough for any nation’s law enforcement’, comments the 'Amur Tiger’s Director General Sergei Aramilev.
Feb 18, 2018