Inspectors from an army unit in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai Friday arrested another man for allegedly poaching two rare monkeys and selling them to a group of soldiers, VnExpress reported.
Ha Van Que, 37, is among three suspected poachers who sold the gray-shanked gray-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix cinerea) for VND1.2 million (US$56.6) to the soldiers, the news website said, citing Army Corps No.3 officials.
Earlier inspectors had arrested Ha Van Tu, also 37, it said, adding they were looking for the third suspect.
The army unit launched an investigation into the case after one of the soldiers, 20-year-old Nguyen Van Quang, posted online the photos of them doing gruesome things to the animals, leading to a public outcry.
On Tuesday, the army dismissed Quang and issued warnings to two other soldiers involved. However, according to an announcement issued by the army one day later, a total of 11 soldiers were found to have been involved in the case, Tuoi Tre reported.
Three of them, including Quang, were dismissed, while others were “disciplined.”
Speaking to the Phap Luat TPHCM (HCMC Law) newspaper, Commander of the Army Corps No.3, Major-General Nguyen Duc Hai said the soldiers did not poach and directly kill the animals, and that their initial purpose was to buy them for meat. More....