Kenya – Chinese ivory smuggler given record fine or jail term

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Chinese ivory smuggler gets record Kenyan fine

Tang Yong Jian in a Nairobi court (
Tang Yong Jian is the first person to be sentenced under the new laws


A court in Kenya has fined a Chinese man a record 20m shillings (£140,000; $230,000) for smuggling ivory, under tough new anti-poaching laws.

Tang Yong Jian was caught last week with an elephant ivory tusk weighing 3.4kg (7.5 pounds) in a suitcase, at Nairobi’s international airport.

If he is unable to pay the fine, he will spend seven years in prison.

Kenya banned trade in ivory in 1989, but there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years.

There is a huge demand for ivory in Asia for use in ornaments, while conservationists suspect that most of the poached rhino horn is destined for traditional medicine markets in South East Asia, where it is believed to contain powerful healing properties, despite there being no…

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