Read more about the article Wildlife Crime – Recognizing Corruption in the Courtroom
Republic vs Fredrick Sababu and two others. They were all acquitted on February 11, 2022.

Wildlife Crime – Recognizing Corruption in the Courtroom

Four or more criteria present in a “cartel” case indicates that someone has their fingers on the scales. Sitting in the dock of courtroom 5, Kibera Court (Nairobi), middle-aged Kenyan,…

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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 while acting on a tip, stopped…

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Read more about the article COURT UPDATE – CF E039/2022 Kwale    Republic Vs James Malembi Mwatsahu and Juma Mwanza Haranga  91 kg ivory
James Malembi Mwatsahu and Juma Mwanza Hananga were arrested ferrying 26 pieces of ivory on a motorcycle in February 2022. They have been in custody since that date.

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 26 pieces and contained in a sisal…

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

by Dan Stiles AbstractBeginning in 2008 the poaching rate of elephants and rhinos began to rise noticeably in eastern and southern Africa. The poaching intensified considerably 2010–2014. Along with the…

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Read more about the article Process and outcomes of ivory-related trials in Kenya, 2016–2019
Customs officials and police chip away at plaster surrounding 1097 kg of ivory found in hollowed out timber beams seized in Mombasa in December 2016. This was the last major ivory seizure in Kenya and the only major seizure covered in this report. The lone accused, and clearing agent, Ephantus Mare, was acquitted.

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

by Andrew Halliday, Shamini Jayanathan, Paula Kahumbu, Jim Karani, Mary Morrison AbstractThis article reviews the process and outcomes of 247 trials, involving 422 persons accused of possession and dealing in…

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Read more about the article Nothing to do with wildlife crime yet everything to do with wildlife crime
Top: Chief Inspector Samir Yunus standing in the prisoner dock of Milimani Court on December 7th, 2022 having been charged with sexually assaulting a female police officer 3 years previous (photo courtesy Richard Munguti). Bottom: CF 754/13 in Mombasa court, February 2022, Fredrick Sababu Mungule, Nelson Ayoo and James Kashiwa, acquitted of trafficking 1833 kg of ivory in January 2013 due to integrity issues. (photo courtesy Dihoff)

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 a senior police officer of…

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Read more about the article Court Update_CONVICTION – #130. CF 1411/16 Kibera   112 kg ivory (cartel case)
2016-03-22 CF 1411/16 Seizure of 112 kg of ivory from Nairobi area home

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 was indicated that the court found…

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Read more about the article Court Updates – #125: CF 1132/2015 Mombasa – Republic versus Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh @ Said Juma Said and 8 Others
1132/15 Mombasa

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: Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh, his half…

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Read more about the article Court Update – #141. CF 1649/2017 Kibera  217 kg Seized Near Jomo Kenyatta IA (cartel case)
Six of the seven accused waiting to be transported for interrogation and the ivory and packaging seized in the house

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 THUMBNAILOn the evening of June 26th, 2017,…

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Read more about the article SEEJ Changes Tack – Wildlife Crime and the Integrity of Criminal Justice Systems Dealing With It.
CC from top left, the Honourable Deputy President of Kenya, Righathi Gachagua; Pakistani journalist, Arshad Sharif; seven members of Kenya's Special Service Unit in a Nairobi area court.

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 of having 2021 money laundering charges…

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Read more about the article Nakuru – Woman arrested ferrying 500 kg of sandalwood
A female accused was arrested while driving along the Nakuru-Nyahururu highway in this Toyota Prado. (Mary Kosgei Nation Media)

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, Nakuru County are holding a…

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Read more about the article Five for Five – The “Enterprise” Abdi Hussein Ahmed Ordered Extradited
Abdi Hussein Ahmed pictured before his extradition flight to U.S. He is charged with 3 wildlife trafficking offences, money laundering and trafficking 10 kg of heroin.

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 night extradited to the US to…

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Read more about the article Rosewood Court Updates – ELC 23/2019 from 640 tonne seizure Mombasa May 2014
Two of the 34 containers of Madagascar Rosewood that was seized at Mombasa port in May 2014.

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 SmugglersMombasa Court Orders KWS to Provide Permits for Illegal Rosewood…

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Read more about the article The Kromah Conviction – The Solution Needs to Come From African Courts
Clockwise from top left: Amara Cherif, Mansur Mohamed Surur Abubakar, Moazu Kromah, Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh, and Abdi Hussein Ahmed. All are in New York area jails with the exception of Hussein Ahmed, who is in a Nairobi prison awaiting extradition.

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 was actually much more than…

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Read more about the article Killing of Ranger Protecting Rhinos Raises Fears for Conservation Efforts
Clockwise from centre: Head Ranger Anton Mzimba, KWS Warden II Bajila Kofa, KWS Asst. Warden Francis Oyaro, Lt. Col. Leroy Bruwer, Wayne Lotter

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 Wayne Lotter, all died from…

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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 of many through out Kenya;…

Continue ReadingAcquittal 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.
Read more about the article Mozambique Investigators and Wildlife Justice Commission Bring Down Rhino Horn Trafficker
Simon Ernesto Valois aka 'Navaro' was arrested in Maputo during a sting operation while attempting to sell rhino horn. His nickname reportedly comes from his preference of Nissan Navara's.

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 Commission, arrested rhino horn traffickers,…

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Read more about the article The violent death of Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba mourned by conservationists worldwide
Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba. (Photo: Helping Rhinos)

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 being made for his killers…

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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 over four years. SEEJ-AFRICA:The following…

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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 being found with 413 elephant tusks…

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Read more about the article CF 1132/2015 –  Republic v. Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh et al: New Evidence Application Withdrawn One Year Later
ODPP Prosecutor Jami Yamina stands before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku in requesting the withdrawal of the new evidence application that had been submitted on May 24th, 2021.

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, father, a KRA officer, and five…

Continue ReadingCF 1132/2015 – Republic v. Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh et al: New Evidence Application Withdrawn One Year Later
Read more about the article 6000 kg of Ivory at Port Klang – Malaysia No Stranger to Major Wildlife Seizures
Wildlife seizures made in Malaysian ports and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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 300 kg of assorted animal…

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Read more about the article Teo Boon Ching and His Ivory Connection to Africa
Malaysian national, Teo Boon Ching, was arrested in Bangkok on June 29th, 2022 for trafficking ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scales from Africa to South East Asia over the past 20 years. Courtesy Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

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 houses in Thailand and Malaysia.…

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Read more about the article #1. June 2002 Singapore – 6333 kg of ivory tusks and 40,000 ivory hankos
The DNA analysis, with the blue circles indicating within 200 - 300 km where the elephants had been killed. The ivory came primarily from Zambia. (Courtesy Centre for Environmental Forensic Science.)

#1. June 2002 Singapore – 6333 kg of ivory tusks and 40,000 ivory hankos

The following is written by Julian Newman of the Environmental Investigation Agency on the 20th anniversary of a milestone ivory seizure made in Singapore.  It is #1 on the 'Linked…

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EIA court report on Nigeria prosecution relating to 7.1 tonnes of pangolin scales and 846 kg of elephant seizure.

June 23rd, 2022:  This report by Justin Gosling of the Environmental Investigation Agency is believed to be the first of its kind relating to a specific wildlife case in Nigeria,…

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Read more about the article The long road to prosecuting Moazu Kromah and his wildlife-trafficking network
Clockwise from top left: Kromah; Abdulrahman Mahmoud Sheikh et al; Jefwa Brothers; Ephantus Mbare; Fredrick Mungule and James Kassiwa; accused from Mar 2014 1004 kg seizure (Shanzu court, Mombasa). All have links to the Kromah group and represent 14.4 t of ivory seized.

The long road to prosecuting Moazu Kromah and his wildlife-trafficking network

From: 25th issue of the Risk Bulletin of Illicit Economies in East and Southern Africa by Dan Stiles and Julia StanyardLiberian national Moazu Kromah – known as ‘Kampala Man’ –…

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Read more about the article Not Your Average Ivory Possession Case – 68 year old Italian National Arrested at Mombasa IA –  CF E774/2022 Mombasa
68 year old Paolo Brondi before a Mombasa court on June 22, 2022

Not Your Average Ivory Possession Case – 68 year old Italian National Arrested at Mombasa IA – CF E774/2022 Mombasa

It is a rarity for an ivory arrest to made at Moi International Airport, Mombasa.  The last such recorded case was in November 2014 when two crewman from a docked…

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Read more about the article Mansur Mohamed Surur Pleads Guilty to Wildlife and Drug Offences in New York Court
Clockwise from upper left: Moazu Kromah (Liberia), Amara Cherif (Guinea), Surur being led away by U.S. Federal agents on landing at New York in January 2021, Mansur Surur (Kenya),

Mansur Mohamed Surur Pleads Guilty to Wildlife and Drug Offences in New York Court

Moazu Kromah and Amara Cherif pled guilty to wildlife offences in March and April. The following is the press release from the United States Department of Justice, South District of…

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Read more about the article Africa’s Hot and Dusty Courtrooms – a Frontline in the Global Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade
R vs Fredrick Sababu Mungule and James Kassiwa in Mombasa Court on March 30th, 2022 for sentencing, having been found guilty of an offence under the East African Community Customs Management Act while attempting to export 638 pieces of ivory weighing 3827 kg to Thailand in January 2013.

Africa’s Hot and Dusty Courtrooms – a Frontline in the Global Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

SEEJ-AFRICA:This report authored by Shamini Jayanathan, Global Prosecution Advisor to the Environment Team of UNODC, and published through the Environmental Investigation Agency. It can be read in its original format…

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Read more about the article Police Operation Seizes Kenya Sandalwood Enroute to Uganda
Serious Crime Unit seized 537 kg of sandalwood on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway that was being shipped from Kitui to the Uganda border.

Police Operation Seizes Kenya Sandalwood Enroute to Uganda

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:On March 21st, 2022, police seized a Isuzu lorry containing 537 kg of sandalwood heading to the Busia border crossing.The sandalwood had been dispatched from Kitui town, south central…

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Read more about the article Mombasa Court Orders KWS to Provide Permits for Illegal Rosewood Seizure
CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA Document SC66 - 46.2 Page 7

Mombasa Court Orders KWS to Provide Permits for Illegal Rosewood Seizure

May 9th, 2022:  A Mombasa Court has this morning ordered the Kenyan Wildlife Service to procure the necessary documents and permits to enable 646 tonnes of Malagasy rosewood to be…

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Read more about the article #33. Prosecution Concludes in 2014 Ivory Seizure Case from Singapore
Republic vs. Falah Manzu Yusuf @ Mohamed Faki and 5 others - 1004 kg of ivory seized in crates amidst 200 bags of Uganda coffee

#33. Prosecution Concludes in 2014 Ivory Seizure Case from Singapore

April 8th, 2022: The prosecutions case was concluded today when the last witness testified in an eight year old ivory seizure investigation.  On March 28th, 2014, Singapore authorities verified a sea…

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Read more about the article Two ‘Mules’ Sentenced to Five Years Jail for 2018 Ivory Possession
Today, with presiding Chief Magistrate in Nakuru, prosecutor and court asst. in Mombasa court, defence advocate in his office and 2 accused in Shimo La Tewa prison, they were sentenced to a fine of 1 million shillings ($10,000 USD) or i/d 5 years jail, effective 2018 arrest date. (photo taken on an earlier date)

Two ‘Mules’ Sentenced to Five Years Jail for 2018 Ivory Possession

CF 1008/18 Mombasa: Republic vs. Abdikheir Gababa Ibrahim and Abdullah Yusuf Adan Investigator displaying for the court one of the ivory tusk pieces found in the suspect vehicle. March 30th,…

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Read more about the article Singapore convicts Vietnamese National in 3 tonne Ivory Shipment from Nigeria
3.3 tonnes of ivory seized in Singapore on March 3, 2018. The shipment originated from Lagos, Nigeria but the ivory was primarily from Congo.

Singapore convicts Vietnamese National in 3 tonne Ivory Shipment from Nigeria

Dao Thi Boi, a Vietnamese national but Singapore resident was convicted of importing a scheduled species without a permit under the Endangered Species (Import & Export) Act. (Courtesy Today Online)…

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Read more about the article #20. CF 417/2013  Two Years in Jail for 3.8 tonne Ivory Case
R vs Fredrick Sababu Mungule and James Kassiwa in Mombasa Court on March 30th, 2022 for sentencing, having been found guilty of an offence under the East African Community Customs Management Act while attempting to export 638 pieces of ivory weighing 3827 kg to Thailand in January 2013.

#20. CF 417/2013 Two Years in Jail for 3.8 tonne Ivory Case

#20. CF 417/2013 Mombasa: Republic versus Fredrick Sababu and James Kassiwa It was an atypical day in Mombasa Courtroom One on Wednesday afternoon, March 23rd, 2022. The court was sitting…

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INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s shocking wildlife crimes and how culprits escape justice

Analysis of wildlife crimes data, supported by numerous interviews, finds evidence of systematic failure by Nigerian law enforcement and the judicial system to hold wildlife poachers/traffickers accountable. This excellent report…

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Read more about the article Nine Year Ivory Trafficking Case Ends in Acquittal of Three – Kenya
Fredrick Sababu Mungule, Nelson Ayoo and James Kassiwa were found not guilty in February 2022 for trafficking 1833 kg of ivory to Singapore from Mombasa. Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia stated that the prosecution had not met the threshold of establishing a prima facie case. Several indicators of a compromised case were evidenced in this trial including threats to lawyers of Wildlife Direct and 'hostile' testimony from the investigating officer.

Nine Year Ivory Trafficking Case Ends in Acquittal of Three – Kenya

The three had been charged for their role in exporting 1833 kg of elephant tusks through Mombasa Port in December 2012. In a March 2021 report, the Head of Kenya’s…

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Read more about the article Another Nigeria Seizure Makes it almost 24,000 kilograms of Pangolin Scales in a Year
2021-07-28 Lagos, Nigeria

Another Nigeria Seizure Makes it almost 24,000 kilograms of Pangolin Scales in a Year

Nigeria Customs with Wildlife Justice Commission support arrest four with 839 kg of pangolin scales and 145 kg of ivory. SEEJ-AFRICA Thumbnail:Nigerian Customs and intelligence from NGO, Wildlife Justice Commission,…

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Read more about the article A Kenyan Case in the “Bringing Down the Dragon” Template
3127 kg of ivory seized in Thailand on April 25th, 2015. Laos was the intended destination.

A Kenyan Case in the “Bringing Down the Dragon” Template

The prosecution of Abdulrahman Mahmoud Sheikh and 8 others is examined against the back drop of Wildlife Justice Commission's "10 crime enabling factors". An Analysis by the Wildlife Justice Commission…

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Read more about the article Blundered Verdict by Kenyan Court Releases Mega Tonne Rosewood Seizure Back to Smugglers
Two of the 34 Containers of illegal rosewood seized by Kenya Wildlife Service in 2014

Blundered Verdict by Kenyan Court Releases Mega Tonne Rosewood Seizure Back to Smugglers

CITES says it illegal. An analysis. It does not happen often that a criminal network uses the legal system to retrieve its contraband investment. But that is exactly what occurred…

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Read more about the article #48.  No Justice in Sight – EIA Report on Uganda Ivory and Pangolin Scale seizure of 2019
Vietnamese nationals arrested while transporting 3.3 tonnes of ivory and 424 kg of pangolin scales. They were released 3 weeks later on a cash bail of 15 million Uganda shillings (USD $4000)

#48. No Justice in Sight – EIA Report on Uganda Ivory and Pangolin Scale seizure of 2019

SEEJ-AFRICA Thumbnail:EIA report details how a heralded major success is heading for almost total failure through:Lack of multi-agency coordinationLack of evidence (aka poor investigation)Lack of  effective financial investigationFailure of bail/surety…

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Another Vietnam Nigeria connection – Da Nang seizes 6.2 tonnes of pangolin scales and 456 kg of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 11th, 2022, Vietnamese authorities at Tien Sa Port, Da Nang, seized 6.2 tonnes of pangolin scales and 456 kg of elephant ivory from a container that…

Continue ReadingAnother Vietnam Nigeria connection – Da Nang seizes 6.2 tonnes of pangolin scales and 456 kg of ivory
Read more about the article Kenya’s 90% wildlife crime conviction rate: a ladle of data, a generous measure of illegal grazing, a soupçon of corruption and a dash of perspective
DNA sample containers, seized clothing and axe from R. vs Tipape, illegal livestock grazing Tsavo West National Park

Kenya’s 90% wildlife crime conviction rate: a ladle of data, a generous measure of illegal grazing, a soupçon of corruption and a dash of perspective

The Republic versus James Tipape and 2 Others - Criminal Case 346 of 2015 TavetaIt is a rarity for a decision on a wildlife case in a rural Kenyan court…

Continue ReadingKenya’s 90% wildlife crime conviction rate: a ladle of data, a generous measure of illegal grazing, a soupçon of corruption and a dash of perspective
Read more about the article Kenya court orders return of $13m in seized rosewood to suspected traffickers
Two of the 34 containers of Madagascar Rosewood that was seized at Mombasa port in May 2014.

Kenya court orders return of $13m in seized rosewood to suspected traffickers

In May 2014, Kenya Wildlife Service intelligence led to the seizure of 640 tonnes of illegal Madagascar Rosewood. After a protracted civil court battle in which the original seizure was,…

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Read more about the article Your Rangers Are In The Crosshairs – An Open Letter to Brigadier (Rtd.) John Waweru, Director General Kenya Wildlife Service
The Kenya Wildlife Service Honour Guard as they fire a farewell salute to Warden II Bajila Kofa at his funeral on September 16th. He has assassinated on August 31st, 2021.

Your Rangers Are In The Crosshairs – An Open Letter to Brigadier (Rtd.) John Waweru, Director General Kenya Wildlife Service

KWS Warden II Bajila Obed Kofa KWS Assistant Warden Francis Isaac Awour Oyaro Dear Director,It has been some time since my last letter, almost 2 1/2 years now since you…

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Read more about the article Has a Second Kenya Wildlife Services Officer Been Murdered?
The 'execution' of KWS officer Bajila Kofa near Meru National Polytechnic was a 96 km drive from where KWS Assistant Warden Francis Oyaro was last seen being led away by 'security agents'.

Has a Second Kenya Wildlife Services Officer Been Murdered?

One KWS officer murdered and another 'abducted' 3 days and 95 kilometres apart SEEJ-AFRICA NOTE: The following account is a compilation of open sources on the disappearance of Kenya Wildlife Services…

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Read more about the article Kenya Wildlife Services Officer in Charge of Rhino Security Gunned Down “Gangland Hit” Style
The funeral of KWS commander Bajila Obed Kofa on September 16th, 2021. He was ambushed on August 31st while driving in his personal vehicle through Meru on his way to his duty assignment at Solio Ranch. He had just dropped off his daughter at school.

Kenya Wildlife Services Officer in Charge of Rhino Security Gunned Down “Gangland Hit” Style

Bajila Obed Kofa was responsible for Solio Conservancy security at the time of his murder. It is home to approximately 200 rhino's. KWS officer Bajila Obed Kofa SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:On August…

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Read more about the article Worrying signs for elephant conservation: Data shows 2020 rise in black-market ivory prices
3.3 tonnes of ivory seized in Mombasa Port in July 2013. Five months later, a lone clearing agent was charged to be acquitted 5 years later.

Worrying signs for elephant conservation: Data shows 2020 rise in black-market ivory prices

"Recent analysis from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has found that reported prices for illegal ivory rose in 2020 — the first increase since the peak of global…

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Read more about the article Eight convicted in France of ivory and rhino horn trafficking offences
Rathkeale Rovers from previous UK arrest. (courtesy Wildlife Justice Commission Case #6)

Eight convicted in France of ivory and rhino horn trafficking offences

The 9 defendants are of Irish, English, Vietnamese and Chinese origin. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:September 8th, 2021: A Rennes criminal court convicted 8 of 9 defendants charged with importing, possessing, transporting and…

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Read more about the article #49.  How do traffickers ship ivory and pangolin scales from the Congo into Vietnam and China?
Seized in Singapore, 9 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales found in three containers of 'timber' on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Singapore National Parks Board / Customs and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

#49. How do traffickers ship ivory and pangolin scales from the Congo into Vietnam and China?

A brilliant case summary by the SVIS Initiative, a Singapore seizure of a DRC shipment with multiple convictions before a Chinese court.  This 4 tonne shipment began its journey in…

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Read more about the article Nigeria Customs and Wildlife Justice Commission Deal a Blow to the West African Cartel. An Overview.
Pangolin and ivory seizure chart from May 2018. Vietnam figures heavily as the destination country.

Nigeria Customs and Wildlife Justice Commission Deal a Blow to the West African Cartel. An Overview.

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:On Wednesday 28th July, 2021, based on a surveillance and intelligence operation headed by the Wildlife Justice Commission, a Netherlands headquartered NGO, the Nigeria Customs Service seized 7.1 tonnes…

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Read more about the article Two Arrested with 15 kg of Elephant Tusks – Migori County
Mabera Area where 2 were arrested with 15 kg of ivory. Mabera is located south of Migori and northwest of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and 10km from the Tanzanian border.

Two Arrested with 15 kg of Elephant Tusks – Migori County

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: The Mara Elephant Project (MEP) reports that on July 26th, 2021, its intelligence unit along with the Kenya Wildlife Service, arrested two men in the Mabera area, approximately 10…

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Read more about the article Inside dark, impenetrable world of illicit trade in wildlife trophy
"Following the money in the illegal wildlife trade reveals the complicity of any ensuing arrests, prosecutions, and why Kenya has hardly put the so-called illicit wildlife trade ‘kingpins’ behind bars."

Inside dark, impenetrable world of illicit trade in wildlife trophy

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:Peter Muiruri of The Sunday Standard: "According to our investigations, however, wildlife crimes are among the hardest to prosecute, owing to the multiple layers of participants, with key actors…

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Do Recent “Kidnappings” Suggest Unsubstantiated Rhino Poaching Report has Substance

Five recent "kidnappings" in Central Kenya  may confirm anonymous reports of poached rhinos in Kenya.SEEJ-AFRICA has failed to confirm anonymous reports that in recent weeks two rhinos have been poached…

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Read more about the article Warrant of Arrest Issued for Investigating Officer in Kwale Ivory Case – Kenya
Kwale County Court

Warrant of Arrest Issued for Investigating Officer in Kwale Ivory Case – Kenya

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:A Kwale National Police Service officer has found himself on the wrong side of the law when he failed to appear in court to testify.The NPS officer has failed…

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Marsabit – Does the recent killing of two elephants in Kalacha signal a new poaching rampage?

SEEJ-AFRICA:Residents are raising concerns over the establishment of a Kenya Defence Forces camp in Kalacha, claiming the camp interferes with  the elephants’ migratory corridor contributing to further human-wildlife conflict.This report…

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Read more about the article More Details Revealed in the “Mombasa – West African Cartel” Ivory Connection
L to R: Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh, his half brother, father, and 3 other accused in Mombasa court for April 25th, 2015 Thailand seizure

More Details Revealed in the “Mombasa – West African Cartel” Ivory Connection

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:Kenya State prosecutors (ODPP) have filed an application with the courts to allow new evidence in the ivory trafficking related trial of Abdulrahman Mahmoud Sheikh and eight others.The application…

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New Information for Mombasa Court to Ponder as U.S. Links Kenyan Ivory Traffickers to Major West African Cartel

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: Mombasa Courts will on Thursday decide if a last minute application by the ODPP will breath new life into a six year old ivory case. Senior State counsel…

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Read more about the article Bail Release Unlikely for Four Arrested last September with Ivory
The four were arrested with 95 kg of ivory last September (Photo courtesy Johnson Muriithi Citizen Digital)

Bail Release Unlikely for Four Arrested last September with Ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: May 20th, 2021: Area Chief Magistrate Alex Ithuku has set bail for 4 ivory poachers at Sh 1 Million each with a surety of similar amount. Joseph Kungu,…

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Read more about the article Busia – Uganda Military Officer Arrested at Kenya Border Town with 3 Elephant Tusks
Kenya police display 3 tusks seized from a Ugandan military lieutenant in border town of Busia. (courtesy Kenya Broadcasting Corporation)

Busia – Uganda Military Officer Arrested at Kenya Border Town with 3 Elephant Tusks

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On Friday afternoon, May 7th, 2021, a Ugandan military officer, Kennedy Wabwire, was arrested by police in possession of 3 elephant tusks weighing approximately 30 kg. Wabwire and…

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Read more about the article NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENSUS 2021 | Kenya Wildlife Service
Kenya on May 7, 2021 launched its first ever National Wildlife Census covering both land and Aquatic wildlife. (Photo courtesy CNN and KWS)

NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENSUS 2021 | Kenya Wildlife Service

PRESS RELEASE:Kenya on May 7, 2021 launched its first ever National Wildlife Census covering both land and Aquatic wildlife. The two month exercise is fully funded by the Government of Kenya…

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Read more about the article Eight Year Mombasa Ivory Case Closer to Conclusion – CF 417/13
January 15th, 2013 Mombasa Port - 3.8 metric tonnes of ivory spread out as part of the verification process. (photo courtesy Norbert Allen)

Eight Year Mombasa Ivory Case Closer to Conclusion – CF 417/13

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:April 28th, 2021: Kenya's longest running major ivory prosecution is one step closer to conclusion with both defence and prosecution now preparing their final submissions.Mombasa clearing agent, Fredrick Sababu…

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Read more about the article A Spectre of Corruption – The “Shetani” Ivory Case
Boniface Mathew Malyango aks "Shetani Hana Huruma" (Kiswahili for The Devil without Mercy) in police custody, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Courtesy Netflix "The Ivory Game")

A Spectre of Corruption – The “Shetani” Ivory Case

The ivory trafficking case of "Shetani", profiled in documentary "The Ivory Game" was likely corrupted. It began as a whisper.  An ambiguous and innocuous headline, "Court Acquits Two Once Jailed…

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Read more about the article Pangolin scales worth £5m seized in Cameroon on ‘major trafficking route’
2021-03-26 4t pangolin scale seizure CMR

Pangolin scales worth £5m seized in Cameroon on ‘major trafficking route’

SEEJ-AFRICA: 4000 kg of pangolin scales seized in Cameroon near the Nigerian border. the scales were contained in large plastic bags described as food stuffs The Eagle Network (Eco Activists…

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Read more about the article Narok – 3 Suspects Found in Possession of Live Pangolin
Mara Elephant Project, KWS and Olderkesi Rangers transport live pangolin to Narok Court (courtesy Mara Elephant Project)

Narok – 3 Suspects Found in Possession of Live Pangolin

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On March 12, 2021, KWS rangers, Olderkesi rangers, and Mara Elephant Project combined to arrest 3 men for possession of a live pangolin. The three appeared before Narok…

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Read more about the article CF 1132/2015 –  Mombasa Magistrate Orders DPP to Close its Case
Abdulrahman Mamoud Sheikh and 8 others in Mombasa court on February 17th, 2021

CF 1132/2015 – Mombasa Magistrate Orders DPP to Close its Case

Chief Magistrate Evans Makori orders the prosecution to close its case Chief Magistrate Makori seems to have had enough.  Almost 20 months after this  headline "DPP on the spot over…

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Read more about the article Government Official and Police Officer Among 3 found with 51 kg of Ivory
7 tusks seized from 3 suspects in Kabernet ares on January 31st, 2021

Government Official and Police Officer Among 3 found with 51 kg of Ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On January 31st, 2021, a government official, police sergeant and one other were arrested in possession of seven tusks weighing 51 kg. Robinson Chelimo, Sgt. Charles Kandagor (Rift…

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Read more about the article Ksh 1 million fine (USD $10,000) or 5 years in jail for ivory possession duo.
Location of Marimanti Court, Tharaka-Nithi County

Ksh 1 million fine (USD $10,000) or 5 years in jail for ivory possession duo.

By ​Nelson Mboco ​For Citizen DigitalPublished on:  January 20, 2021 07:42 (EAT)  Two men were sentenced to five years imprisonment or a fine of Ksh. 1million each for being in possession of elephant…

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Read more about the article Man found with elephants tusks freed on Sh1m bond
Arrest made on the Kehancha-Ntimaru Road in the area of the Tanzanian border and west of Maasai Mara National Reserve

Man found with elephants tusks freed on Sh1m bond

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On Thursday evening, January 14th, 2021 and acting on intelligence from the Mara Elephant Project, officers of KWS and NPS arrested one of two men on a motorcycle.…

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Read more about the article Six Charged with Possessing 157 kg of Pangolin Scales – Nairobi
6 Arrested/Charged with 5 boxes containing 157 kg of pangolin scales

Six Charged with Possessing 157 kg of Pangolin Scales – Nairobi

Six charged with possessing five boxes of pangolin scalesby Klaus Masika December 30th In Summary • They committed the offence on December 27 at around 01100 hours at a Total petrol station…

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Read more about the article Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Loses Bid to Block Extradition
Each square represents an ivory seizure. Tanzania is coloured brown and Kenya is directly above. The date, location and size of each seizure is in the bottom left corner. The blue dots represent the origin of the dead elephants (ivory). All lines/arrows represent seizures with genetic/direct matches to other seizures. The four seizures with #1 in top corner are linked through other evidence. “Combating Transnational Organized Crime by Linking Multiple Large Ivory Seizures to the Same Dealer” - Dr. Sam Wasser et al

Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Loses Bid to Block Extradition

Suspected poacher loses attempt to block extradition to US By  Joseph Wangui Court Reporter   Nation Media Group December 19th, 2020 A 60-year-old Kenyan believed to be a poaching kingpin and…

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Read more about the article Man Arrested with 54 kg of Elephant Tusks Near Tanzanian Border
Migori County Police Commander Manase Musyoka (in black coat) displays the Elephant tusks at Migori police station on December 12, 2020. The Ivory weighing 54 kilograms with a street value of Sh5.4 million was seized by police while being smuggled from Narok County to Migori county, 40 years old man was arrested. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]

Man Arrested with 54 kg of Elephant Tusks Near Tanzanian Border

40-year-old man arrested with elephant tusks worth Ksh.5.4M remanded 40-year-old man arrested with elephant tusks worth Ksh.5.4M remanded Border town, Gwitembe, Kenya; site of arrest By George Juma for Citizen…

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Read more about the article Legal Precedent or “Legal” Corruption – The Repatriation of Seized Ivory
Mombasa Port - August 2013. 1833 kg of ivory returned from Singapore where it had been seized seven months previous.

Legal Precedent or “Legal” Corruption – The Repatriation of Seized Ivory

In the spring of 2015, the conservation world was rocked by three major ivory seizures that occurred within the space of a month.  Thailand customs seized approximately 4000 kg of…

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Read more about the article CF 1132/2015 – Now Over 50 Sittings in Mombasa Court
3127 kg of ivory from Mombasa, seized in Bangkok, and enroute to Laos. Nine persons are presently before a Mombasa Court.

CF 1132/2015 – Now Over 50 Sittings in Mombasa Court

2015 Ivory Seizure Set for February 2021 Hearings L to R: Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh, his half brother, father, and 3 other accused in Mombasa court for April 25th, 2015 Thailand…

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Read more about the article Two Nabbed in Eastleigh With Rhino Horns
July 2018: KWS wardens displays the horns of the rhinos that died after being transferred from Nairobi National Park [Beverlyne Musili, Standard]

Two Nabbed in Eastleigh With Rhino Horns

They were being tracked for the last three months. by GILBERT KOECH   The Star   26 September 2020 - 16:49 Two suspects were on Saturday morning arrested at Nairobi’s Eastleigh area…

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‘TRAFFIC’ Report Shows Heavy Increases in 2019 Trafficking of Rhino, Tiger, Pangolin and Elephant

The following numbers are based on seizure data from the Report's focal countries: (Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos) PANGOLIN:  82 reported seizures, involved total of 155,795 kg…

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MEDIA STATEMENT: WCS Commends Congolese Justice System on 30-Year Sentence of Notorious Elephant Poacher and Ivory Trafficker in Republic of Congo

* Poacher “Guyvanho,” is the first wildlife trafficker convicted in the Criminal Court in the Republic of Congo* Previously all environmental crimes were tried in the civil courts where the…

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The Woolly Mammoth Trade: Russia, Elephant Ivory Trafficking and Climate Change, a Perfect Storm

Russia and the Woolly Mammoth Trade: How Climate Change Drives Illegal Tusk Trafficking SeeJ-Africa note: Mammoth ivory, while very real and 'mined' by the tonne in Russia, has also been…

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Despite the headlines, China’s Government still promotes pangolin scales in traditional medicines

China secured huge international media coverage when its Government-controlled State media reported pangolin scales had been removed as a raw ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) – but in reality they…

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Read more about the article Elephant Poaching is not decreasing in most of Africa
8.8 Tonne ivory and 11.9 tonne pangolin scale seizure at Singapore July 2019

Elephant Poaching is not decreasing in most of Africa

Press Release: Elephant Poaching is not decreasing in most of Africa Forwarded from Journal of African Elephants Kasane, Botswana – New research led by Elephants Without Borders (EWB) reveals that poaching…

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The ecological role of elephants: shaping the land and lending a hand

By Linus Hiscox, studying MSc Global Biodiversity Health and Conservation at University of Bristol and DSWF Programmes and Policy Intern In 1979 the world’s elephant population totalled 1.3 million individuals across Africa and Asia;…

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‘This makes Chinese medicine look bad’: TCM supporters condemn illegal wildlife trade

'This makes Chinese medicine look bad': TCM supporters condemn illegal wildlife trade   Experts warn the exploitation of endangered animals such as pangolin and tiger is tarnishing the industry. Michael…

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Read more about the article Chinese National awaits rhino horn trafficking decision in Malawi Courts
Lin Yun Yun aka Li Hao Yuan aka Yun Hua Lin (courtesy EIA)

Chinese National awaits rhino horn trafficking decision in Malawi Courts

Ivory/Rhino Horn Trafficker Lin Yun Hua still before Malawi Court Final witness testifies against Chinese in Malawi wildlife crime case Editor's Synopsis:In December 2017, Chinese national, Lin Yun Hua @…

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Read more about the article Drugs and Trophy Trafficking Couple to Lose Sh1 Billion Worth of Property and Cash
4 Tusks weighing 7 kg found in couple's home

Drugs and Trophy Trafficking Couple to Lose Sh1 Billion Worth of Property and Cash

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On July 12th, 2018, Joseph Wanjohi Muthee and his wife, Jane Wambui Wanjiru were arrested after a search in the Muthaiga area home yielded large quantities of alcohol,…

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Read more about the article Moazu Kromah and the Case of the West African Cartel
Each square represents an ivory seizure. Tanzania is coloured brown and Kenya is directly above. The date, location and size of each seizure is in the bottom left corner. The blue dots represent the origin of the dead elephants (ivory). All lines/arrows represent seizures with genetic/direct matches to other seizures. The four seizures with #1 in top corner are linked through other evidence. “Combating Transnational Organized Crime by Linking Multiple Large Ivory Seizures to the Same Dealer” - Dr. Sam Wasser et al

Moazu Kromah and the Case of the West African Cartel

MOAZU KROMAH AND THE CASE OF THE WEST AFRICAN IVORY CARTEL In a landscape where the obtaining of false passports, birth certificates and identification cards is simply a matter of…

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Read more about the article #49. July 2019, Singapore – 8.8 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales
Seized in Singapore, 9 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales found in three containers of 'timber' on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Singapore National Parks Board / Customs and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

#49. July 2019, Singapore – 8.8 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On July 21, 2019, and acting on Chinese intelligence, Singapore customs searched 3 containers enroute to Haiphong, Vietnam, from Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo. The 3 containers, declared…

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Read more about the article On The Brink of Acquitting Another Ivory  Trafficker
Customs officials and police chip away at plaster surrounding 1097 kg of ivory found in hollowed out timber beams seized in Mombasa in December 2016. This was the last major ivory seizure in Kenya and the only major seizure covered in this report. The lone accused, and clearing agent, Ephantus Mare, was acquitted.

On The Brink of Acquitting Another Ivory Trafficker

This was initially published in April 10, 2019. Ephantus Mbare Gitongo was acquitted at Mombasa Law Courts on April 25th, 2019. This commentary will be the introduction into future reports…

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Read more about the article CF 1008/18 Mombasa
KWS ranger Eliud Koech inspects 8 pieces of Elephant tusks at the Makupa Police station which were netted by police officers on Mombasa outskirts. [Photo: Standard]

CF 1008/18 Mombasa

Two Arrested with 37 kg Ivory SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:June 9th, 2018, and acting on intelligence, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Police Service officers stopped a Majero vehicle on the outskirts of…

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Read more about the article #141. CF 1649/2017 Kibera – Wanted by Interpol
Interpol Red Notice listing for Ahmed Mahabub Gedi aka Ahmed Mohamud Salah

#141. CF 1649/2017 Kibera – Wanted by Interpol

Ahmed Mohamud Salah aka Ahmed Mahubub Gedi is the seventh accused in this case (1649/2017 Kibera).  He was arrested 3-4 days after the initial six accused while trying to cross…

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Read more about the article #43: Feb 2017, Kampala – 1.3 tonnes of ivory seized from West African (Kromah) syndicate
Moazu Kromah, with his sons Mohammed Kourouma and Kourouma Bangaly shortly after their February 2017 arrest by NRCN in a Kampala home.

#43: Feb 2017, Kampala – 1.3 tonnes of ivory seized from West African (Kromah) syndicate

The Beginning of the End for Moazu Kromah Origin of consignment, last port before leaving Africa, seizure location, or destination location of some of Kromah's ivory. SNAPSHOT: Late on Friday…

Continue Reading#43: Feb 2017, Kampala – 1.3 tonnes of ivory seized from West African (Kromah) syndicate
Read more about the article #41. CF 2511/2016 Mombasa     Ivory in Hollowed Out Timber
Clearing Agent Ephantus Mbare and the ivory secreted in hollowed timber

#41. CF 2511/2016 Mombasa Ivory in Hollowed Out Timber

1097 kg of Ivory Found in Hollowed Timber SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: December 21st, 2016, Kenyan law enforcement seized just over one ton of ivory inbound for Cambodia. The 1097 kg of…

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Read more about the article #38: May 16, 2015 – 4.6 tonnes of Ivory From Mombasa Seized in a Shipment of Tea (The Sheikh’s #2)
Jefwa Brothers

#38: May 16, 2015 – 4.6 tonnes of Ivory From Mombasa Seized in a Shipment of Tea (The Sheikh’s #2)

No Charges Laid Despite Identical Logistics for Thailand 3.8 tonne Seizure Three Weeks Previous L to R: Abdurahman Mahmoud Sheikh, his half brother, father, and 3 other accused in Mombasa…

Continue Reading#38: May 16, 2015 – 4.6 tonnes of Ivory From Mombasa Seized in a Shipment of Tea (The Sheikh’s #2)
Read more about the article #23.  June 2013 Mombasa – 1.5 tonnes of ivory
KWS officer arranging the 775 pieces of ivory at Port police, KRA officials intercepted the ivory haul destined to Malaysia at the Mombasa port. The consignment was from Uganda after which KRA seized it at a private yard in Changamwe. Photo/Norbert Allan

#23. June 2013 Mombasa – 1.5 tonnes of ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:On July 3rd, 2013, Mombasa port authorities conducted a verification of container PCIU 1522740 that was also bound for Malaysia.  It was found to contain 1478 kg of ivory…

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Read more about the article #21: May 1, 2013 – 1478 kg of Ivory From Kampala/Mombasa Seized in Dubai
May 1, 2013. 1478 kg of ivory from Kampala/Mombasa seized in Dubai

#21: May 1, 2013 – 1478 kg of Ivory From Kampala/Mombasa Seized in Dubai

Irrefutable Evidence of Cartel Ivory Stockpiling - DNA Analysis Shows Tusks from Same Elephants in Different Shipments SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:It is reported that on May 1st, 2013, Dubai customs officers located…

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#122. CF 754/2013 Mombasa – Republic versus Fredrick Sababu, James Kassiwa and Nelson Ayoo

January 23rd, 2013 - Singapore snags 3rd Mombasa ivory shipment in a month - 1833 kg found amongst mazera stones CASE CONCLUSION:  On Friday, February 11th, 2022, Chief Magistrate Francis…

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#19. CF 255/2013 Mombasa – Republic versus Fredrick Sababu and James Kassiwa

January 3rd, 2013 - Hong Kong seizes 1323 kg of ivory from Mombasa SNAPSHOT:Kenyan Authorities charged Fredrick Sababu Mungule (a clearing agent), James Ngala Kassiwa (a Kenya Revenue Authority officer)…

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#13. December 3rd, 2011 – 1478 kg of Ivory Destined for Cambodia Seized in Mombasa

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: December 3rd, 2011: “Acting on intelligence, Custom Officials and KWS seized a consignment of 465 pieces or elephant tusks weighing 1647 kgs disguised as “soapstone handicrafts” packed in…

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Read more about the article #124: March 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand – 2033 kg of Ivory From Mombasa Found in Container (Mungule 1)
2033 kg of ivory from Mombasa seized in Bangkok March 2011

#124: March 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand – 2033 kg of Ivory From Mombasa Found in Container (Mungule 1)

Originating From Uganda, 247 Tusks Found Amongst 100's of Boxes of Frozen Fish FREDRICK SABABU MUNGULE, a Kenyan clearing agent was identified as being involved but never prosecuted for this…

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Read more about the article July 2009: Jomo Kenyatta IA –  Kenya seizes coffin-stashed ivory
May 6, 2011. Over 1400 kg of ivory seized at JKIA, Nairobi destined for Nigeria

July 2009: Jomo Kenyatta IA – Kenya seizes coffin-stashed ivory

Kenyan authorities have seized 300kg (660 lbs) of illegal ivory hidden in coffins on a plane bound for Laos. Image: Over 1 tonne of ivory seized at Jomo Kenyatta International…

Continue ReadingJuly 2009: Jomo Kenyatta IA – Kenya seizes coffin-stashed ivory