WWF: closure of the case of VIP-hunting will lead to new murders argali

The court's decision to close the case on the illegal hunting of VIP-argali, the Red Book, will lead to the continuation of hunting animals officials at the Red, the director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Igor Chestin.

Kosh-Agach District Court of the Altai Republic on Friday closed the criminal case of illegal hunting of VIP-Red animals in 2009, with later crashed Mi-171 helicopter from the expiry of criminal liability.

"The court has behaved irresponsibly, just all agree to bear. Court apparently believes that it is not very good offense, not just considering the case for as long as the statute of limitations has expired" — Chestin told RIA Novosti.

According to him, now we can expect that VIP-hunting officials at Red animals continue.

Kosh-Agach District Court of the Republic in May this year acquitted all three defendants in this case due to insufficient evidence. In August, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of the region, sending the case to the same court. Start repeated meetings postponed several times at the request of the accused and their lawyers because of illness involved.

Case has received great public interest, primarily because of the fact that after the crash appeared on the Internet pictures of the wreckage, including the visible Altai mountain sheep (also known as argali, or argali), listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the Red Book. These animals are also sacred and inviolable for indigenous Altai.

Hunting for argali forbidden in Russia since 1930. Argali are considered endangered animals, according to scientists in the world numbering 4.5-5.5 thousand individuals, about 1.6 thousand of them live in the neighboring territories of Russia and Mongolia

RIA Novosti

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