Nepal: 14 Rhino Horn Traffickers Sentenced to Jail

14 people have been sentenced to jail in Nepal for rhino crimes. Photo courtesy of Suman Bhattarai, PARC Nepal

The Supreme Court of Nepal has upheld the 2008 guilty verdicts of 14 people convicted of rhino crimes and sentenced all of them to prison.

Five people — identified as Sher Bahadur Ghalan, Shanta Bahadur Tamang, Suman Tamang, Jeet Bahadur Tamang, and Hasta Bahadur Tamang — were each sentenced to ten years in jail for killing a rhino in Chitwan National Park.

In addition, nine rhino horn traders received five-year prison terms: Indra Bahadur Ghalan, Aaitaram Bote, Harka Bahadur Khulal, Baldev Chaudhary, Rana Bahadur Kumal, Rajesh Ghale, Pemba Lama, Purna Bahadur Gurung and Man Bahadur Syang.

All 14 people had been convicted by Chitwan National Park on January 14th, 2008, followed by the Hetauda Appellate Court´s verdict issued on July 14, 2008, upheld this week by Justices Sushila Karki and Baidyanath Upadhyaya, according to Nepali news portal MyRepublica.com.


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I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.