The 9 defendants are of Irish, English, Vietnamese and Chinese origin.
- September 8th, 2021: A Rennes criminal court convicted 8 of 9 defendants charged with importing, possessing, transporting and exporting elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as part of an organized gang.
- Individual names and corresponding sentences have not yet been made available but it is reported that 4 were sentenced to jail, with 2 of those sentences suspended. Arrest warrants are outstanding for 3 of the defendants who were tried in absentia.
- More detail is below including an investigation summary from Robin du Bois , a case study on the Rathkeale Rovers by the Wildlife Justice Commission and a report on the faked Covid 19 certificate investigation.
Eight men convicted in French court for trafficking rhino horn and ivory
The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers on Trial in Rennes, France (from translation)
September 6th, 2021, Rennes:
Wildlife Justice Commission – Crime Convergence Report Case Study #6 – Rathkeale Rovers
Europol ‘deletes’ reference to “Rathkeale Rovers” gang in false negative COVID certificate investigation
February 4, 2021:
EUROPOL has deleted a specific reference to the “Rathkeale Rovers” crime gang from a press release it issued last Monday, which stated the gang, which has its origins in Co Limerick, was allegedly using a mobile app allowing members to falsify ‘negative’ COVID-19 test certificates.