Anson Wong Gets 5 Years!

Anson Wong has been given an unprecedented five years in prison for smuggling boa constrictors on a Malaysian airline. Originally, Wong had been sentenced to six months. The appeals court judge apparently considered Wong’s crime a safety issue rather than an animal issue in delivering the harsh sentence, making this a rare case in which prejudice against reptiles goes in favor of the animals.   Wong is not Malaysia’s only major wildlife trafficker…

Anson on morning of original hearing

Anson (in jacket) on morning of original hearing

From The Star:

  Anson Wong slapped with five-year jail term

SHAH ALAM: Convicted wildlife smuggler Anson Wong has been slapped with a five-year jail term, after a High Court here allowed an appeal filed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers for a heavier sentence against him.

The court also ordered for a fine of RM190,000, imposed on Wong in a previous judgement by a Sessions Court judge, to be returned to him.

Justice Mohtarudin Baki said in his judgement Thursday that the Sessions Court judge did not consider the large number of snakes in Wong’s possession in his ruling.

“From the charge, it was stated that there were 95 boa constrictors.

“The judge did not emphasise on the number,” he said.

Justice Mohtarudin said had the snakes escaped, the safety of the airport and flight would have been in jeapordy.

“It is apparent that the accused is greedy and only thought of himself. He did not care about other people.

“Let this punishment be a deterrent for the accused and would-be offenders out there,” he said.

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One Response to “Anson Wong Gets 5 Years!”

  1. AP Says:

    Im writing a research paper on this & the article “Asia’s wildlife trade” !!!!!!! and how i disagree with it – any suggestions on scientific journals or other great sources i can use on this topic?….I was sick while reading it and that what he was doing & glad to see he’s behind bars yet again! Maybe they should just keep him there now to stop this!!