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Egypt Charges 4 in Gazelle Hunt

July 27, 1998

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Egyptian officials charged four Saudi men Monday with killing gazelles in a protected wildlife area on the Red Sea.

The four were being prosecuted under a 1994 law aimed at protecting Egypt’s dwindling wildlife. The law has been applied more rigorously in the past year after a campaign by environmentalists to end poaching by hunters from the rich Gulf states.

Police found two dead gazelles and gazelle meat in a cooler inside the suspects’ four-wheel-drive vehicle in January, according to the prosecutor’s office in Hurghada, on the Red Sea.

The four suspects denied they had been hunting in Marsa Alam, a wildlife protectorate 430 miles south of Cairo, and were released on bail. If convicted, they face up to three years in prison.

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