South Vietnam man faces indictment for tiger theft

Last Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2006 22:38:18 Vietnam (GMT+07)

Vietnamese police are seeking an indictment against a man who confessed to buying a gutted tiger stolen two months ago, besides probing for the real culprit behind the theft.

Nguyen Khac Diep, 53, was detained last Monday after a disemboweled tiger was found in his fridge in Ho Chi Minh City.

The tiger Diep claimed he bought has been identified as the same tiger which went missing from the Dong Tam Snake Farm in southern Tien Giang province early June.

Diep is now facing criminal charges for ā€œviolating state regulations on rare animals preventionā€.

So far, five people have been arrested in relation to the tiger case.

Several reportedly admitted they had injected water into the tiger to boost its weight, which they intended to sell for VND2.4 million ($150) per kilogram.

Reported by Hoang Phuong ā€“ Translated by Hoang Bao

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