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Meru – Nairobi policeman arrested with 21 kg of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 28th, 2023, police and KWS investigators arrested a Nairobi based police officer who was looking to sell 21 kg of ivory. The arrest was based on a tip-off. A second suspect was arrested later in the operation.  They are expected to be arraigned on Monday. Meru town, …

Linked Ivory Seizures

COURT UPDATE – #145. CF 74/2020 Kibera Crt – Republic vs. Thomas Muhoro Ngatia and two others

Three Arrested in Nairobi East with 55 kg of Ivory SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 14th, 2020, at approximately 16:30hr, investigators of the Kenya Wildlife Service …

Kenya

Meru – Nairobi policeman arrested with 21 kg of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 28th, 2023, police and KWS investigators arrested a Nairobi based police officer who was looking to sell 21 kg of ivory. The …

Under 100 kilograms

COURT UPDATE – CF E039/2022 Kwale Republic Vs James Malembi Mwatsahu and Juma Mwanza Haranga 91 kg ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On February 5th, 2022, KWS officers arrested two men who were ferrying 91 kg of ivory on a motorcycle. The ivory was in …

Kenya

Mara Area – Mara Elephant Project Intel leads to arrest of one with 36 kg of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA: On January 18th, 2023, intelligence from the Mara Elephant Project led to a joint operations arrest of one ivory poacher. KWS with Tanzania National …

Kenya

Narok – Five men arrested while ferrying 33 kg of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 9, 2023, and based on intelligence from Big Life Foundation Kenya, KWS investigators and police arrested  five men ferrying 32.9 kg …

Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Completes Ivory Stockpile Audit

Kenya’s stockpile has increased by 3,085 ivory and rhino horn wildlife trophy pieces since the end of 2019 July 2018: KWS wardens displays the horns …

Kenya

Kisumu – Three Arrested, Two Tanzanian nationals, with 16 kg Ivory

The ivory was seized in Mamboleo, on the outskirts of Kisumu. Kisumu is approximately 4 hours drive from the Tanzanian border crossing at Isibania and …

Africa

Ivory trafficking, transnational organized criminal networks in eastern and southern Africa, 2009–2020, and the emerging new threat

by Dan Stiles Abstract Beginning in 2008 the poaching rate of elephants and rhinos began to rise noticeably in eastern and southern Africa. The poaching …

Kenya

Process and outcomes of ivory-related trials in Kenya, 2016–2019

by Andrew Halliday, Shamini Jayanathan, Paula Kahumbu, Jim Karani, Mary Morrison Abstract This article reviews the process and outcomes of 247 trials, involving 422 persons …

Commentary

Nothing to do with wildlife crime yet everything to do with wildlife crime

When Chief Inspector Samir Yunus appeared in the prisoner’s dock of Milimani court, Nairobi, on December 7th, 2022, many would suggest he looked nothing like …

Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo – 2 arrested with almost 500 kg of ivory

December 9th, 2022: Officers of the L’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (DRC) with support from DRC NGO, ConservCongo, arrested 2 men with …

Under 100 kilograms

COURT UPDATE – CF E005/2022 Mombasa 24 kg ivory

Court Updates Before HON. M.O. RABERA-PM  COURT 8 December 8th, 2022(Mention): The next hearing date has been set for April 20th, 2023.  The hostile National …

Linked Ivory Seizures

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

Thomas Muhoro Ngatia was found guilty in a Nairobi area court on November 24th, 2022 by Senior Resident Magistrate E. Riany.  While passing judgement, it …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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