Suspect made NT$100 million over 3 years, prosecutors say
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The honorary chairman of an association of traders in Chinese
medicine had made close to NT$100 million (US$3.16 million) by importing and selling banned rhinoceros horns, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Friday.
The man, named as Lien Chun-ying, was questioned about violations of laws protecting wildlife and later freed after posting NT$1 million in bail, prosecutors said. Elephants and rhinos in Africa have been hunted close to extinction by poachers because their horns sell as medicine, often in Asia.
Over the course of the past three years, Lien reportedly had the rhino horns imported hidden inside containers with other products, and sold them through online groups. [FULL STORY]