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U.S. arrests Cambodian official headed to wildlife summit—for monkey smuggling

by Dina Fine Maron National Geographic The day of the arrest, a Cambodian wildlife official at the CITES conference assured National Geographic that illicit monkey trading “doesn’t happen” in his country. November 17, 2022:  Panama City, Panama—U.S. authorities arrested a top Cambodian wildlife official yesterday on his way to a global …

International

U.S. arrests Cambodian official headed to wildlife summit—for monkey smuggling

by Dina Fine Maron National Geographic The day of the arrest, a Cambodian wildlife official at the CITES conference assured National Geographic that illicit monkey …

Kenya

Deceased Chinese national found with 78 pieces of ivory in Nairobi apartment

Besides the ivory, were 2 pieces of rhino horn, 65 lion teeth, 163 lion claws, and 2 small ivory sculptures. An electric saw was amongst …

Linked Ivory Seizures

Court Updates – #125: CF 1132/2015 Mombasa – Republic versus Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh @ Said Juma Said and 8 Others

#125 is a number assigned indicating this seizure has a link(s) to the Kromah cartel and its ivory was not DNA analyzed. L to R: …

Linked Ivory Seizures

Court Update – #141. CF 1649/2017 Kibera 217 kg Seized Near Jomo Kenyatta IA (cartel case)

#141 is a number assigned indicating this seizure has a link(s) to the Kromah cartel and its ivory was not DNA analysed. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL On …

International

Have U.S. Courts Fallen Short Again in International Wildlife Trafficking Case

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On Tuesday November 1st, 2022, two nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo were sentenced before a Seattle federal court for offences relating …

Commentary

SEEJ Changes Tack – Wildlife Crime and the Integrity of Criminal Justice Systems Dealing With It.

Those depicted have no direct relation to wildlife crime.   Recently elected Kenyan Deputy President, the Honourable Rigathi Gachagua, appears to be on the verge …

Linked Ivory Seizures

Court Update – #130. CF 1411/16 Kibera 112 kg ivory (cartel case)

#130 is a number assigned indicating this seizure has a link(s) to the Kromah cartel and its ivory was not DNA analysed. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On …

Kenya

Nakuru – Woman arrested ferrying 500 kg of sandalwood

The arrest occurred in Bahati sub-county, just north of Nakuru. Woman arrested ferrying sandalwood worth Sh2 million By Mercy Koskei Nation Media October 4th, 2022: Police in Bahati, …

Kenya

Mara Area – Mara Elephant Project intel leads to KWS arrest of two men with 23 kg ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA: October 4th, 2022, KWS with intel from the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) arrested two men with 23 kg comprised of seven pieces of ivory. …

Kenya

Samburu – Police involved again – 13.5 tonnes of sandalwood seized

13.5 tonnes of sandalwood were seized from a police vehicle in Wamba, Samburu County, Kenya SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: Samburu East Police Commander Juma Ombata and two …

Under 100 kilograms

CF E005/2022 Mombasa 24 kg ivory

Court Updates Before HON. M.O. RABERA-PM  COURT 8 2022-09-20 (Hearing): Today’s testimony was from P.C. Ahmed Mukhtar  of the National Police Service, who was one of …

Kenya

“The Circus is Still On” – The Continuing Mombasa Rosewood Saga.

But who is the Centre Ring? September 19th, 2022: (virtual) This case was back in front of the Environment and Land Court of Mombasa and …

Kenya

Narok South – Two Tanzanians Arrested with Four Tusks

Two Tanzanians arrested with four elephant tusks in Narok Wednesday, September 07, 2022 By  Robert KiplagatNation Media Group Police in Narok South sub-county are holding two Tanzanian …

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Five for Five – The “Enterprise” Abdi Hussein Ahmed Ordered Extradited

Most wanted fugitive Abdi Hussein extradited to US (Kenya) Nancy Agutu, The StarSeptember 4, 2022 A suspect wanted for wildlife and drug trafficking was on Saturday …

Kenya

Rosewood Court Updates – ELC 23/2019 from 640 tonne seizure Mombasa May 2014

The full story to date can be read at: Blundered Verdict by Kenyan Court Releases Mega Tonne Rosewood Seizure Back to Smugglers Mombasa Court Orders …

Africa

The Kromah Conviction – The Solution Needs to Come From African Courts

It was a mistake.  Ten tons of ivory and 190 kilograms of rhino horn sold over a seven year period, according to the indictment.  It …

Kenya

Kajiado – Four Arrested with 45 kg of Ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On Wednesday August 17th, and based on intelligence provided by Big Life Kenya, four men were arrested with 45 kg of ivory tusks. …

Africa

Killing of Ranger Protecting Rhinos Raises Fears for Conservation Efforts

by Rachel Nuwer, New York Times Head Ranger Anton Mzimba, KWS Warden II Bajila Kofa, KWS Asst. Warden Francis Oyaro, Lt. Col Leroy Bruwer, and …

Kenya

Acquittal in 16 kg ivory possession case; a microcosm of the challenges and opportunities faced by Kenya Wildlife Service, National Police Service and Prosecutors, in wildlife crime prosecutions.

A Review: Criminal Case No. 843/2017 Chief Magistrate’s Court, Kwale, Republic vs Hasira Makoti Mwanzala Kwale Law Courts, Court #1 Kwale Law Courts are typical …

Africa

Wildlife Trafficking Accused, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, Arrested 3 Years Later

Last member of indicted ‘West African Cartel’ arrested. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: Kenyan national, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, was arrested on August 1st, in Meru County, for wildlife …

Kenya

Kenya Elephant Fatality Numbers From Drought – Is Clarity Required?

A recent headline in the BBC news, “Climate change killing elephants, says Kenya”, would certainly have raised eyebrows internationally regarding the seriousness of the drought …

Africa

Mozambique Investigators and Wildlife Justice Commission Bring Down Rhino Horn Trafficker

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On or about July 27th, 2022, the Mozambique Serviço Nacional de Investigação Criminal (SERNIC) with support from international wildlife investigative NGO, Wildlife Justice …

Africa

The violent death of Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba mourned by conservationists worldwide

By Tembile Sgqolana Daily Maverick The murder this week of 49-year-old Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba has caused an explosion of grief and anger, with many calls …

International

Nigeria: Multi-National Gang arrested for Ivory and Pangolin Scales Trafficking

Those charged included three Vietnamese citizens, two Nigerians, and nationals from Cameroon and Guinea. They have been charged with wildlife trafficking related offences going back …

Africa

Tanzania – Husband and Wife Charged with Trafficking 413 Ivory Pieces from 2019 Seizure

SEEJ:AFRICA: On July 20th, 2022, Tanzania media reported that Abdul Abdallah and his wife, Salma Mshamu, appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court for allegedly …

Kenya

E005/2022 Mombasa – Two Arrested with 24 kg Ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On the afternoon of January 1st, 2022, and acting on intelligence, KWS Rangers and NPS officers intercepted a vehicle in the Central Business …

Over 100 kilograms

CF 1132/2015 – Republic v. Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh et al: New Evidence Application Withdrawn One Year Later

Abdulrahman Mamoud Sheikh and 8 others in Mombasa court on February 17th, 2021 SEEJ-AFRICA Summary: Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh @ Said Juma Said, his half brother, …

International

6000 kg of Ivory at Port Klang – Malaysia No Stranger to Major Wildlife Seizures

Malaysia Customs pose with July 10th, 2022 seizure that included 6000 kg of ivory, 29 kg of rhino horn, 100 kg of pangolin scales and …

Kenya

Ivory Possession Charges Withdrawn Against Italian National in Mombasa

July 1st, 2022: After spending 15 days in jail, 68 year old Italian national, Paolo Brondi, is a free man. On June 16th, 2022, at …

Commentary

Teo Boon Ching and His Ivory Connection to Africa

SEEJ-AFRICA: The June 29th, 2022, arrest of Malaysian national, Teo Boon Ching, for wildlife trafficking and money laundering attracted minimal attention besides a few media …

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