an indian court has convicted two Czech nationals arrested for illegally collecting insects in Singalila National Park, West Bengal. On September 10, the chief judicial magistrate in Darjeeling sentenced Emil Kucera to three years in jail and fined him Rs 50,000. Entomologist Petr Svacha was fined Rs 20,000.
The Czechs were arrested in June in Darjeeling. This is the quickest wildlife trial, says Wildlife Trust of India (wti), an ngo that aided the prosecution.