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Tiger skin trader sentenced to 2 years in prison

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, January 5, 2018   /   03:24 pm
Tiger skin trader sentenced to 2 years in prison Ismail Sembiring, a trader of Sumatran tiger skins and organs, listens to a sentence demand read out by prosecutors in a hearing at the Medan District Court on Dec. 12, 2017. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

The Medan District Court sentenced Ismail Sembiring, a trader of Sumatran tiger skins and organs, to two years in prison after declaring him guilty of endangered wildlife trade on Thursday.

Presiding judge Riana Pohan said Ismail had violated the law on the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem.

"The court also orders the defendant to pay Rp 100 million (US$7,500) in fines or serve an additional three months' imprisonment,” Riana read out in the verdict.

Ismail, a resident of Batang Serangan district in North Sumatra's Langkat regency, was caught red-handed selling a dried tiger skin to an undercover Mount Leuser National Park patrol force officer in August 2017.

Authorities also confiscated one dead Sumatran tiger as evidence during the operation.

The Thursday verdict, however, fell short of prosecutors' demand of three years' imprisonment and Rp 100 billion in fines. (vla/ipa)