By Rhishja Cota-Larson
The Supreme Court of Nepal has upheld the 2008 guilty verdicts of 14 people convicted of rhino crimes and sentenced all of them to prison. Five people — identified as Sher Bahadur Ghalan, Shanta Bahadur Tamang, Suman Tamang, Jeet Bahadur Tamang, and Hasta Bahadur Tamang — were each sentenced to ten years in jail for killing a rhino in Chitwan National Park.
In addition, nine rhino horn traders received five-year prison terms: Indra Bahadur Ghalan, Aaitaram Bote, Harka Bahadur Khulal, Baldev Chaudhary, Rana Bahadur Kumal, Rajesh Ghale, Pemba Lama, Purna Bahadur Gurung and Man Bahadur Syang.
All 14 people had been convicted by Chitwan National Park on January 14th, 2008, followed by the Hetauda Appellate Court´s verdict issued on July 14, 2008, upheld this week by Justices Sushila Karki and Baidyanath Upadhyaya, according to Nepali news portal MyRepublica.com.