#14. CF 417/2013 Mombasa:  Republic versus Fredrick Sababu and James Kassiwa

#14. CF 417/2013 Mombasa: Republic versus Fredrick Sababu and James Kassiwa

January 14th, 2013 - 3827 kg of ivory found amongst a consignment of mazera stones

  • Kenyan Authorities charged Fredrick Sababu Mungule (a clearing agent), James Ngala Kassiwa (a Kenya Revenue Authority officer) and Gideon Natali Onsinyo Nyangau (a Kenya Ports Authority employee) relating to this shipment.
  • They were also charged with a 1323 kg ivory seizure made in Hong Kong on January 3rd. These charges are represented by court files CF 255/13 and CF 417/13 and still ongoing in Mombasa court. (see also #14)
  • The same three, with the addition of another Kenya Revenue Authority officer, Nelson Ayoo, were also charged in relation to a 1833 kg seizure made in Singapore on January 23rd that had originated in Mombasa. That case is being tried separately as CF 754/13 and is also presently ongoing.
DNA ivory origins 2/3 Tanzania and 1/3 Kenya. Two tusks in this shipment were directly matched (the tusks from the same elephant in 2 different shipments) to two tusks in an ivory seizure made in Dubai seven months earlier. ┬áThat shipment had originated in Kampala and transited Mombasa. (courtesy Center for Conservation Biology – Samuel K. Wasser et al)
FILE CF 417/2013 Mombasa + (255/13 Mombasa)
SEIZURE DATE January 14th, 2013 (Monday)
LOCATION Mombasa
LISTED DESTINATION Batam, Indonesia (but believed to actually have been China)
SEIZED WEIGHT 3827.5 kg (ETIS)
SEIZED DESCRIPTION 638 Tusk pieces
OTHER CONTRABAND None
POINT OF ORIGIN Mombasa
POINT OF ORIGIN DNA 70% of ivory from central and north Tanzania and 40% from south and central Kenya
TRANSIT POINTS Thailand
VALUE ksh 382,750,000.00
COVER LOAD Mazera Stones
DECLARED AS Decorative Stones
EXPORTER CONSIGNOR Ngindo General Trading Company Mwaliko (Mwalilo) Trading Company
IMPORTER CONSIGNEE 1. PT Summer All Co(F)., 2. PT Alam Daya Cammo (F), 3. PT Kundur Prima Karya Komp (F)=ficticious
CLEARING AGENT FREIGHT FOWARDER Threeways Freighters Ltd; Mwamba Freight Services and/or Fredrick Sababu Mungule
SHIPPING AGENT East African Commercial and Shipping Company Ltd
SHIPPING LINE_SHIPS MV Lal Bahadur Shastri
CONTAINERS/MODE OF TRANSPORT 20' FSCU7615602
ASSOCIATED VEHICLES KSM783 (lorry) delivered the container
CONNECTIONS 1. This seizure has the same logistics as the Jan 3rd seizure in Hong Kong (#7) and the Jan 23rd seizure in Singapore (#122). That includes the same drivers who took the containers with ivory to port. 2. Those same drivers also drove the 'ivory' containers to port regarding the two "Sheikh's" seizures in April and May 2015 (#32 and #125). 3. There was a direct match between tusks found in this shipment and the seizure made in Dubai 5 months later (#1).
In these diagrams, the blue dots represent, (through DNA analysis), the origins of the ivory. The upper right corner represents this seizure and also shows that ivory from the same elephant was found in a Dubai seizure that occurred 5 months later. The Dubai seizure also had ivory from the same elephant found in a Mombasa seizure in October 2013 (lower left). [Courtesey Sam Wasser et al, Centre for Conservation Biology]
Charge Sheet CF 417/13 Mombasa

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