Indonesia soldiers punished for owning dead tigers

2 Indonesian soldiers sentenced to jail for possessing dead endangered Sumatran tigers

Indonesia soldiers punished for owning dead tigers

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court has sentenced two army officers to up to three months in jail for illegally possessing dead endangered Sumatran tigers.

The officers -- Chief Private Rawali and Chief Sergeant Joko Rianto -- were convicted Thursday in a military tribunal in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.

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.

Updated : 2021-04-18 01:41 GMT+08:00