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6 years for having rhino horns

2011-12-14 20:25

Johannesburg - Chinese national Hsu Hsien Lung was sentenced to six years' imprisonment on Wednesday by the Germiston Regional Court for possession of two rhino horns, police said.

Lung was found in possession of the horns in Bedfordview, Johannesburg on May 21 this year. He was charged with possession without a permit, Colonel McIntosh Polela said.

"The horns' weight was 9.8kg. In the past, people convicted of such cases used to receive fines. A jail sentence sends a strong message to other would-be offenders."

Polela said the police welcomed the sentence because the country's rhino population was under pressure and the animals were being targeted by crime syndicates.

"If the criminals who are decimating these animals are not stopped, the country could lose this part of its heritage forever," Polela said.

Comments
  • Oceanh - 2011-12-14 20:35

    Wonder how china would feel if we executed him, oh yeah, sorry, I fogot our relationship with china is very one sided, of cause we wouldnt want to upset them.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-14 20:37

    Why not 60?

  • gavinoleary68 - 2011-12-14 20:38

    only 6 years?. Drug traffickers get the death penalty in Asia. If rhino horn is an aphrodisiac then that constitutes a drug...

  • dave.leverton - 2011-12-14 20:47

    6 years for two dead rhino - it's not close to enough but it's a start. I hope he does not 'disappear ' and reappear back in China after a few months and that when he is released he is immediately deported never to return.

  • Sifiso Mkitso Xulu - 2011-12-14 20:54

    six years is not enough, atleat 15 Years

  • Sifiso Mkitso Xulu - 2011-12-14 20:55

    six years is not enough, atleat 15 Years

      Ian - 2011-12-14 21:02

      150 lethal injections

  • Renier - 2011-12-14 21:11

    Yes!!! At least a some form of imprisonment. The price of a single rhino horn has reached half a million US dollars (August 2011) and, with its value per kilo exceeding that of cocaine. Surely a longer sentence would have been more appropriate. Our laws should be amended in order for judges to give harsher sentences.

      Renier - 2011-12-14 23:10

      $(Us) 500 000 = R 4 185 376

      Sean - 2011-12-15 08:54

      I agree Renier! Our laws need some reviewing before it is too late!

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-14 21:21

    It really isn't long enough.

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-14 21:21

    6 years? I do not think our courts are sending out the correct message when one sees the savagery executed on the defenceless Rhino.Not enough to stop the poaching.The stats are clear, poaching is on the increase. Had it been a human whose face was mutilated and left out in the veld, it would be interesting to see what sentence the courts would impose.

  • Serame - 2011-12-14 21:22

    THIS IS A JOKE!!..S.A citizens get executed and life sentences in Asia for crimes related to smuggling....More than 400 rihnos have been dehorned and left to die by these bustards..and they only get 6yrs for which they'll only serve 03yrs and be released on grounds of good behaviour..SIS..

  • alistair.coakley - 2011-12-14 21:29

    Anyone noticed, that a lot of people of questionable background, live in Bedfordview? Lolly Jackson, Radovan Krecjir, Michaelides, the absconding Lawyer, and their Nemesis, who shall not be named, that have property holdings there... Makes you think. Is Bedfordview, the South African equivalent of 'Palermo'?...Just a thought. If you have property there, it may be a good time to offload it!

  • Glen.E.Huysamer - 2011-12-14 21:48

    Is it to little to late? Hopefully this sets the ball rolling with many more to follow. I think the statement after the sentence......no chance for parole, should be made mandatory.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-14 22:07

    They can't give them harsh sentences like they did to our sister what will their colonial masters(China) say. No wonder poachers poach repeatedly the sentence is very lenient. Poaching in SADC is like drug smuggling in S. America and harsh sentences must be administered.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-14 22:07

    They can't give them harsh sentences like they did to our sister what will their colonial masters(China) say. No wonder poachers poach repeatedly the sentence is very lenient. Poaching in SADC is like drug smuggling in S. America and harsh sentences must be administered.

  • Shanani Mabunda - 2011-12-14 22:11

    Leathal injection, african heritage is dying, we give 6 years? Poor woman was killed 4 a lessor crime, 6 rhinos had 2 die n probably more by da syndicate he was workin 4. Is dat nt violent crime? Poacherz: olwaez shoot back when caught in da act, is dat not considered armed n dangerous?

  • Shanani Mabunda - 2011-12-14 22:11

    Leathal injection, african heritage is dying, we give 6 years? Poor woman was killed 4 a lessor crime, 6 rhinos had 2 die n probably more by da syndicate he was workin 4. Is dat nt violent crime? Poacherz: olwaez shoot back when caught in da act, is dat not considered armed n dangerous?

  • r.mashigo - 2011-12-14 22:17

    We should give him the lethal injection too. nxla

  • Sattva - 2011-12-15 08:17

    6 years is a slap on the wrist - why not just execute him or kill him exactly the same way he killed Rhinos

  • Cilliers - 2011-12-15 08:24

    I do agree that 6 years is not enough. BUT just think about our current prison conditions. This will either feel like a life time for this oke, or it will be a death sentence (rape, aids, shank, etc).

  • Sybil - 2011-12-15 08:46

    6-year sentence to a Chinese for destroying part of our National Heritage. Execution for 3kgs of cocaine in China for a South African. What has China got on us??? Why not at least 25-years per Rhino horn???!!! REDICULOUS AND VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-15 11:15

    Not long enough.

  • wcventer - 2011-12-15 11:21

    In my opinion they should cut off every limb on this persons body... Without treatment!! Start with one finger digit and let him suffer in pain for one day, then cut off the next digit and do not stop cutting off parts of his body until he dies of pain...Then he can feel the pain that these poor Rhino's and Elephants feel... 6 years is a frikkin joke !!!! like I said. this is only my opinion...

  • Mobby - 2011-12-15 11:49

    You poach a Rhino, we poach your Nose...

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-15 11:58

    This is a strong message? 6 Years, 9.8kg of Rhino Horn, 240 dead Rhinos? Bull, he should have been fined the equivalent of what price Rhino Horm commands in the East, plus 1 year per gram. How's that. I would make a shyte-hot judge. It would make them turn yellow at the gills.

  • Itse - 2011-12-23 20:01

    Execute the man it's a fair deal,1 life for another!!

  • Bernard - 2012-01-12 11:13

    6 Years, how many years did it take the rhino to grow its horn? Savages, they should suffer the same fate as the condemed beast, shoot the bastard, let him rot in the bush!

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