- The recent ODPP ‘new evidence’ application lodged in a Mombasa court relating to the trial of Abdulrahman Mahmoud Sheikh @ Said Juma Said and others, continues to have public fallout.
- It is alleged that in March 2015, Mahmoud Sheikh arranged the first Thailand shipment on instructions from West African ivory cartel boss, Moazu Kromah.
- The logistics of this shipment and a second shipment seized in Singapore on May 19th, 2015, were facilitated by Nicholas and Samuel Jefwa.
- Documents and previously heard courtroom testimony indicated that the Jefwa’s purchased the tea (cover load) through a tea broker (Almasi Chai), and had the containers stuffed and cleared by Moi company, Siginon Freight Services of Mombasa.
- The Jefwa’s fled Mombasa shortly after the Thailand 3.1 tonne ivory shipment was seized in Bangkok.
- In the months after they fled Mombasa, a number of attempts to arrest them were unsuccessfully made due to corrupt elements within local and/or international law enforcement giving Jefwa’s prior warning.
- It is not known why charges were not laid in relation to the second Singapore seizure when all the logistical aspects were identical as with the Thai shipment.
Editors Note: The below story by ‘The Star’, erroneously stated that the whereabouts of the Singapore seizure were unknown, perhaps on the perception given by DCI investigators that that case was still open. That particular 4.6 tonne shipment, seized in May 2015, was destroyed by Singapore in 2016. The Chinese buyer, identified though an Environmental Investigation Agency investigation, was subsequently arrested in China and jailed on conviction.