The court in India: Only one Etymologist can go Home yet

The court in Darjeeling have released one of the two Czechs off charges. They were charged with illegal collecting of endangered beetles for commercial purposes. The Czech etymologist Petr Svacha was released after bailment. The second etymologist Emil Kucera was found guilty and sentenced him to three years unconditionally.

Kucera have immediately appealed to higher instance. When the case started, Svacha and Kucera were in danger of getting up seven years, if all the charges will be proved. This is an exemplary case, of how the developing countries punish individuals for ‘ecologic crimes’, but don’t see how kilometres of forests are plundered by large companies every day.

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