The Peoples Procuratorate of Guangzhou City Guangdong Province v. Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei

Type of court
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion

On November 3 1987, the People's Procuratorate of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province instituted a public prosecution in the Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou City against the defendants, Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei, on charges of smuggling of giant panda pelt. On November 11 of the same year, the Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou City legally formed a collegiate bench, and conducted an open trial. In this trial it was found that:
In December 1986, the defendants, Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei, jointly bought a powerboat called “Baoan 54013.” On January 12 1987, Chen Yonglin went to Shenzhen to meet Chen Yaofu (at large), a smuggler from Hong Kong. Chen Yaofu wanted Chen Yonglin to smuggle a pelt of rare animal to Hong Kong. Chen Yonglin agreed. On that day, Chen Yonglin told what was required of him by Chen Yaofu to Chen Zupei, who agreed to help. At about 9 o'clock that night, Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei went to the Shenzhen Bay Hotel to meet Chen Yaofu. After plotting, they agreed on the time and place for handing over the contraband.
At noon on January 13, Chen Yaofu put a panda pelt into a nylon bag at Shekou, Shenzhen, and gave it to Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei. Chen Yonglin instructed Chen Zupei to hide the nylon bag in the hidden cabinet between the decks of the powerboat to evade the customs inspections. The two persons drove the boat out of the country, away from the Pearl River Estuary. When the boat reached the sea area near Dachan Island, they and the contraband were captured and seized by the Guangzhou Customs.
The aforesaid facts were ascertained by witness testimonies, as well as through evidence of the captured illicit goods. In addition to this, both defendant, Chen Yonglin and Chen Zupei, confessed to their acts. (Provided by: UNODC SHERLOC)

Language of document
Giant panda