VietNamNet Bridge – On January 1, 2018, the 2017 amended Criminal Code with stricter provisions and heavier sanctions on wildlife crime took effect.
Criminals can be sentenced up to 15 years in prison
Criminals can be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and a pecuniary penalty of up to VND15 billion.
The first Criminal Code in 1985 only mentioned crimes related to forest management and protection and the illegally poaching of birds and animals. The maximum penalty stipulated in the law was three years imprisonment.
In the 1999 Criminal Code, the term ‘wildlife’ for the first time was legalized. The pecuniary penalty was raised to a maximum of VND50 million, while the crimes were subject to seven years in prison. Tiếp tục đọc “Law on wildlife crimes takes effect, but enforcement still weak”