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2 Indonesian soldiers sentenced to jail for possessing dead endangered Sumatran tigers
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:21 AM EDT
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia
An Indonesian court has sentenced two army officers to up to three months in jail for illegally possessing dead endangered Sumatran tigers.
Lt. Col. Budi Purnomo, who presided over the tribunal in Aceh's capital, Banda Aceh, said both soldiers were convicted of possessing dead protected animals.
Rawali, who like many Indonesians uses one name, was sentenced to three months in jail, while Rianto received a two-month sentence. Rawali was also fined $230, and Rianto $450.
Sumatran tigers are the most critically endangered tiger subspecies. About 400 remain, down from 1,000 in the 1970s, because of forest destruction and poaching.