Previously – Animals Protecting Animals (APA) has caught a group of poachers in South Africa. They have been taken to APA’s holding facility in the middle of the Sahara Desert to await sentencing by a panel of lions. You can read the rest of the background here.
The following morning, three lionesses arrive. After a brief conversation with Carl, they ask that the defendants be brought to the interrogation room. Carl joins the lionesses to take notes.
The defendants are brought in by Vince and Albert. The camels stay as guards. When the men see that they are going to be tried by lions, they become nervous. They have heard about the poachers in South Africa being eaten by lions.
Head Judge: Give us your name, age and home country.
Number 98: Mandla, 23, South Africa
Number 99: Adamu, 30, Kenya
Number 100: Narong, 32, Thailand
Number 101: Lamon, 35, Thailand
The judges confer among themselves.
Head Judge: We would like to know your role in the crime.
Mandla: My family is starving and they told me that they would pay me to show them the way to the park. I left when we got there. They told me they would kill me if I told anyone. I’m sorry I ever took the money.
Adamu: I was a guard. My job was to kill anyone who tried to stop us.
Narong: I was also a guard. Additionally, I shot some of the animals.
Lamon: I was responsible for removing the trophies from the dead animals.
Head Judge: What happened to the “trophies” after you removed them?
Lamon: Narong and I smuggled them out of the country and sold them on the black market in Asia.
Head Judge: What did you do with the money?
Lamon: We needed the money to pay for personal expenses.
Head Judge: Did you send any of the money back to Adamu or Mandla?
Lamon: No. We paid them before we left. We consider them a cost of doing business in Africa.
Head Judge: Adamu, did you need to shoot any humans?
Adamu: No. We didn’t run into any humans.
Head Judge: Did you kill any animals?
Adamu: No. My job was to stand guard.
Head Judge: Take them back to their cage.
Vince and Albert return the poachers to the tent. The judges talk over what they have heard. They reach a decision on each of the defendants and Carl writes down what they decide. He brings the defendants back to the interrogation room.
Head Judge: We have come to a decision on each of you. Please step forward when I call your name. Mandla, you’re first.
We have taken your circumstances into account and given you a lenient sentence. You will spend 30 days in our facility in South Africa with leopard guards. Then you will become a paid apprentice at the animal reserve. You are not allowed to carry a gun for two years. If you successfully complete your probation, you will become a full officer with all privileges.
Mandla: Thank you for the opportunity.
Head Judge: Use it well. You won’t get a second chance.
Adamu, please step forward.
We were not as lenient with you. All that kept you from killing was circumstance. You were lucky that no one came near your group. Regardless, you were a lesser player in the crime.
Therefore, you are sentenced to 15 years in our central Kenya facility with lions as your guards. You will be near your family. Use your time to find another profession.
Adamu: Thank you Judge.
Head Judge: Narong and Lamon, please step forward.
Honestly, we could not find anything redeeming in any of your actions. You are sentenced to life in our Siberian facility. The tigers only get our worst cases, so you will be with good company.
Narong: Don’t Siberian tigers eat people?
Head Judge: I haven’t heard of it happening at our facility, but I suppose it’s possible. I would be on my best behavior, just in case.
The judges leave the room. The prisoners are led back to the tent to await transportation to the various facilities.