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Two Vietnamese nationals jailed 16 months each for smuggling $65,000 worth of ivory

Published on Jan 22, 2014 5:11 PM

TWO Vietnamese nationals were each jailed 16 months on Wednesday for having $65,000 worth of ivory without valid permits, while in transit at Changi Airport.

Hoang Xuan Quang, 43, a sales person, and To Manh Dung, 30, a cook, pleaded guilty to possessing 16 ivory bangles, 13 ivory husks and 109 ivory cubes without permits issued by Angola and Laos on Tuesday last week. The items weighed a total of 45.7kg.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, items listed on the Endangered Species Act can be traded only with export and import permits. Singapore is a party to this convention.

The court heard that Hoang, a frequent traveller to Angola, was working at a local market in Luanda.

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