By Sonia Lavina
Thirteen poachers of the endangered one-horn rhino have been sentenced to jail in Nepal, in South Asia on Thursday reported Daily Times on June 21.
Six poachers were arrested three years ago while the other seven were convicted but not present, noted Tikaram Paudel, a staff member at the Chitwan National Park, home of most of Nepal’s rhinos.
All thirteen were convicted of poaching a rhino in a community forest in Nawalparasi district in March 2009.
Paudel said eight convicts were handed a 15-year prison sentence and a 100,000 rupee ($1050) fine for killing the animal. Rhino poaching in Nepal carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.
"The rest have been sentenced 10 years in jail and fined 50,000 rupees," he added, explaining that they were found guilty of watching the others slaughtering the rhino.
Paudel said that the court asked police to arrest the convicts who are still on the run.
The Chitwan National Park, which is managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and National Parks, has authority to act as a court by Nepal's National Parks Act. More....