Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail

A man was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 40,000 yuan ($5,903) on Tuesday for smuggling ivory, a Beijing court announced.Beijing No 4 Intermediate People's Court sentenced the man, surnamed Liu, on Tuesday morning, saying that he was found smuggling 52 products made of ivory in his suitcase at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in June 2014.The value of the ivory was more than 423,800 yuan, the court said.

Liu, from Anhui province, said in the trial that he bought the products in Cape Town, South Africa. He claimed to have paid about 9,000 yuan.The ivory, some of which Liu said he had bought for friends, was hidden inside boxes and shoes in his suitcase. He had wanted to process some of it into chess pieces, a statement provided by the court said.