The Hague, 25 February 2016: The Wildlife Justice Commission has presented the authorities of China with a Case File regarding a large organised criminal network trading internationally in endangered wildlife species.
This criminal network is already the subject of a Case File submitted to the government of Vietnam on 26 January 2016. The network concerned engages in transnational trade in large quantities of wildlife products from many endangered species, including rhino horn, ivory and tiger parts.
While the criminal network detailed is based in Vietnam, its operations are transnational across the ‘supply chain’ and include large scale smuggling of wildlife products into China.
The relevant cross border wildlife and financial crime aspects in this case, and therefore of particular concern to Chinese national authorities, are highlighted in detail in the Case File presented.
With China taking a strong legal stance against wildlife crime, the Case File delivered to the authorities of China extends the dialogue on the case already opened with Vietnam.
Our Case Files are designed to support national law enforcement authorities in taking swift action against wildlife crime and form a central component in the Wildlife Justice Commission’s operating parameters, the Rules of Procedure.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is currently researching other wildlife crime cases globally.
The Wildlife Justice Commission
An international not-for-profit organisation based in The Hague, NL, and operating globally to disrupt transnational, organised wildlife crime. Through leveraging the rule of law and the power of investigation, to expose criminal networks and the corruption that enables them to flourish.
A detailed, and actionable, case file prepared by the investigative team.
Following best international law enforcement practices the Map of Facts includes: a detailed description of the criminal networks involved, detailed subject case files, evidence of crimes committed, expert witness statements, prices and quantities of wildlife products trafficked/for sale/purchased, and specific actionable recommendations.
With the Map of Facts, national law enforcement authorities are supported in their efforts to take action against wildlife crime perpetrators.
WJC Media Contact:
Isabel Leal Maldonado