Naturalised Brazilian, Dutch biologist Marc van Roosmalen, has been sentenced to 14 years jail in Brazil for running a monkey refuge without a permit from Ibama, the local environmental agency. Not that he didn’t apply, mark you, but Ibama didn’t respond, and the received local wisdom is that if they don’t within 45 days, it’s approved. Van Roosmalen was convicted because although this is indeed what happens, it’s not in the legislation.
This is egregious sucky. Brazil ought to be ashamed of itself.
Late note: See Marc’s own site for a background. This looks like, as I expected, corrupt politicians.
Later note:A supporters’ site, in Dutch is here.