Vietnamese man jailed for two years for storing frozen tiger at home

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Vietnamese man jailed for two years for storing frozen tiger at home

Nguyen Van Chung stands trial at the People’s Court in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, February 17, 2022. Photo: Le Minh / Tuoi Tre

A man from Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam was sentenced to two years in prison after authorities discovered a frozen tiger corpse in his home last year.

The People’s Committee in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province conducted the trial of Nguyen Van Chung, 43, on Thursday.

Chung was handed a two-year jail term for violating regulations on the protection of endangered and rare animals.

The indictment showed that Chung became acquainted with a man named Viet in December 2020.

Viet asked Chung to help him store a freezer containing wildlife corpses at the latter’s house. In return, Viet offered to pay.

About 10 days later, Viet and another man used a car to transport a freezer to Chung’s house.

A tiger corpse in the freezer at Nguyen Minh Chung’s house in September 16, 2021. Photo: Le Minh / Tuoi Tre

A tiger corpse in the freezer at Nguyen Minh Chung’s house in September 16, 2021. Photo: Le Minh / Tuoi Tre

The freezer contained one dead tiger and several bags of animal bones.

Chung kept the freezer in his bathroom and received VND5 million (US$219) from Viet.

Between February and April 2021, Viet paid Chung another VND4 million ($175) so that the latter would continue to store the freezer at his house.

Environmental police officers in Ha Tinh inspected Chung’s house on September 16 that year and discovered the freezer and tiger corpse.

Chung was later arrested for the offense.

He was unable to provide much information about Viet.

Aside from the prison term, Chung was required to pay a fine worth VND50 million ($2,190) as well as handing in all the payments he had received from Viet.

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