Singapore | Court throws out conviction of man sentenced for poaching rosewood from Madagascar PA
Singapore’s highest court has acquitted a businessman who brought Malagasy rosewood valued at $50 million into the city-state. The verdict on April 8 reversed the ruling of a lower court that had sentenced him to jail time and imposed $1 million in fines for importing protected wildlife.
In 2014 Singapore authorities seized nearly 30,000 rosewood logs from Wong Wee Keong and his Singapore-based company, Kong Hoo. It was one of the largest wildlife seizures in the history of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).