2 Chinese jailed 30 years in Tanzania for smuggling ivory

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A local court in Tanzania has sentenced two Chinese nationals to 30 years in prison for illegal hunting and trading in ivory, local newspaper The Citizen reported on March 19, 2016.

31-year old Xu Fujie (C) and 51-year old Huang Jin (R) are arrested and sentenced for illegal hunting and trading in ivory at a local court in Tanzania on March 19, 2016. [Photo: Weibo]

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court  found 31-year old Xu Fujie and 51-year old Huang Jin guilty of illegally possessing 706 pieces of elephant tusks.

The pair are also facing a fine equivalent to around US$50 million.

Lawyers for the two are reportedly planning to launch an appeal.

It's being described as one of the most serious sentences handed down for smuggling ivory ever in Tanzania.

The sentencing comes just months after a Chinese woman was also charged with smuggling ivory in Tanzania.

Yang Fenglan, who has been dubbed the 'Queen of Ivory,' is accused of trafficking millions of dollars worth of elephant tusks.

She is still awaiting trial.

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