Rasuwa court convicts notorious wildlife criminal Kunjok Lama

L: Kunjok Lama; R: Rasuwa District Court

Kathmandu, April 28

The Rasuwa District Court has convicted notorious wildlife crime suspect Kunjok Lama.

A bench of District Judge Rajendra Gautam on April 21 convicted him of smuggling body parts of protected animals, it has been learned.

However, the court is yet to decide the terms of the sentence for Lama. Ram Chandra Mandal, a staffer of the court, says a hearing has been scheduled for May 5 to decide the sentence.

In 2005, a Nepal Army team had arrested five persons in Rasuwa in possession of hides and bones of tiger and leopard. Later, they had told the investigators that they worked under the instruction of Kunjok Lama.

Then, a team from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police had arrested Lama in June 2020.

The case had received international attention last year with two CIB officials receiving a prestigious UN award for their investigation of the case.

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