Rhino Poaching Syndicate Headpin gets 40 Years

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  1. BRICKBURN

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    The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has welcomed the sentencing of international rhino horn smuggling syndicate kingpin Chumlong Lemtongthai.

    The Kempton Park Regional Court on Friday morning sentenced the 40-year-old Thai national to 40 years in prison.

    Lemtongthai was arrested in 2010 and together with five others was charged with various counts of fraud, customs and excise violations and transgressions of environmental legislation.

    "Today's sentence was the successful outcome of comprehensive investigative work and co-operation between various state law enforcement agencies in the country, including the SAPS Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation, the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Environmental Affairs and SA National Parks," Sars said in a statement.

    On Monday, Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to 59 charges.

    Over the course of 2012, more than 530 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa.

    "The conviction of one individual is not a sufficient deterrent against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in animal products," said Sars.

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    "Nevertheless, today's sentencing is a significant achievement for law enforcement agencies who investigated the operations of an international smuggling syndicate and collusion with individuals in the private gaming industry in South Africa."
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    should of got 40 years for each rhino he was proved of murdering
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    yaaay! And the chance to be someones 'Bitch' for 40 yrs too! Wonder if he figures it was worth the risk?! Watching 'banged up abroad' makes me wonder!! Bet no ones gonna pay his family a pension whilst he's in!
    But he's still not the top dog! They always get away with it!
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    We saw a lot of anti-poaching activity when we were there in August. Lots of signage, all rhinos de-horned, and road blocks with heavily armed personnel stopping and searching vehicles on arterial roads in the bush.

    It was good to see.

    Do they still have the 'shoot on sight policy' they had in the heyday of ele poaching or have they softened up on this?
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    ..NOW he can snort some rhino horn and get turned on..!

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