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

#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

SNAPSHOT:

  • Kenyan Authorities charged Fredrick Sababu Mungule (a clearing agent), James Ngala Kassiwa, Nelson Ayoo ( Kenya Revenue Authority officers) and Gideon Natali Onsinyo Nyangau (a Kenya Ports Authority employee) relating to this shipment.  Fredrick Mungule had been also identified as a facilitator in a 2011 shipment but never charged. (See #117)
  • This was the third ivory shipment through Mombasa by this cartel within a three week period. This prosecution, CF 754/13, is still ongoing in Mombasa court and now in its 8th year.
  • They (less Ayoo) were also charged with a 3827 kg ivory seizure made in Mombasa just over one week previous and a 1323 kg ivory seizure made in Hong Kong on January 3rd. Those charges are represented by court files CF 255/13 and CF 417/13 and still ongoing in Mombasa court. (see also #4 and #12)
  • The same transport company (and same drivers) delivered the three ‘ivory’ containers to Mombasa port.  It also delivered 3 more containers of ivory to Mombasa port in 2015 (see case’s  #40 and #118)
  • There was no DNA sampling of this shipment initially which was not the norm for KWS.  In 2019, the shipment was, however, sampled but the results are not yet known.
  • This ivory shipment was repatriated to Kenya in August 2013, ostensibly for trial purposes. 
  • In 2017, staff of Kenyan NGO, Wildlife Direct, were subject to intimidation and threats for covering the court proceedings. 
ETIS: 102078
FILE
754/13, 289/15, 1197/15
SEIZURE DATE
Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
DEPARTURE DATE
December 10 –  Entry: 2012 MSA 3816359.
LOCATION
Singapore
LISTED DESTINATION
Haiphong, Vietnam
POINT OF ORIGIN
Kampala
POINT OF ORIGIN DNA
Not Yet Tested
TRANSIT POINTS
Mombasa
SEIZED WEIGHT
1833 kg  (1.8 Tonnes) {Reported initially as 1848.5 kg}
SEIZED DESCRIPTION
1099 tusk pieces in 65 gunny sacks contained within wooden crates
VALUE
Ksh 91,650,000 (charge sheet) 
OBFUSCATION
Mazera stones
DECLARED AS
1250 packages of waste paper
CONTAINER
NYKU 2744973
ASSOCIATED VEHICLES
KSM 783 David Ali Mwariro
SHIPS
MV Jan Ritscher + Cape Moss
EXPORTER CONSIGNORS
Ngindo General Trading Company (BOL)
CLEARING AGENT FREIGHT FORWARDER
Three Ways Freighters Ltd.
Fredrick Mungule
Mwamba Freight Services
CONSIGNEE
Global Import Export and Logistics JSC, Singapore (refused container, name mistaken)
SHIPPING LINE
East African Commercial Shipping Company

Ivory haul from Africa seized in Singapore - BBC News

Customs officials in Singapore have uncovered a shipment of 1.8 tonnes of ivory, with a value of around $2.5m (£1.6m).
 
It is the biggest ivory haul in the country in more than a decade.
The consignment, marked as being waste paper, had come from Africa and was reportedly passing through Singapore…..
 
Gerald Neo, executive manager of the Quarantine & Inspection Department of Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), said in a statement that the haul was found after a tip-off.
 
A total of 1,099 pieces of raw tusk were found in 65 sacks, he said……………
 

Seized ivory shipped back to Kenya

By Philip Mwakio
KENYA: Some 1.8 tonnes of Kenyan ivory impounded overseas has been shipped back to Kenya.
 
This shows a historic display of global cooperation against illegal trade in banned game trophies.
 
Although the cargo has been traced to Kenya, it is not known who exported it.   
 
It was seized in Singapore last December on its way to Vietnam.
According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Assistant Director, Coast Conservation Area, Arthur Tuda, the consignment will form part of investigations into illegal ivory trade.
 
The name of the consignee was missing from documents in possession of investigating officers. Singaporean port officials who impounded the cargo are expected to provide evidence when the case comes up for mention in a Kenyan court.
 
“This kind of investigation is a very expensive undertaking and we as a government are committed to get to the bottom of it and end poaching which is at its peak,’’ Mr Tuda told journalists at the Mombasa Port Police headquarters yesterday.
 
The returned ivory will be under key and lock at the heavily guarded port police as investigations continue. The consignment that arrived in a 20-foot container aboard MV Cape Moss had initially been passed off as Mazeras stones for construction purposes and was destined for Vietnam.
 
“We realised that the container that left aboard MV Jan Riescher in January 2012 could be carrying illegal ivory and made an urgent appeal to the shipping line to cooperate. They obliged and made a stopover at the next port of call which was in Singapore,’’ Tuda said.
 
As the container was opened at the Port Police yard ten out of the 17 wooden box crates had Mazeras stones while seven containers had the real cut ivory pieces.
 
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/coast/article/2000091567/seized-ivory-shipped-back-to-kenya

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