20 years in jail plus Sh20mn fine for ivory kingpin Feisal

July 22, 2016 5:05 pm
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The ivory kingpin was also ordered to pay a Sh20 million fine/FILE
The ivory kingpin was also ordered to pay a Sh20 million fine/FILE

, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jul 22 – Feisal Mohammed was on Friday sentenced to 20 years for trafficking in ivory.

The ivory kingpin was also ordered to pay a Sh20 million fine.

Overview
  • The ivory kingpin was also ordered to pay a Sh20 million fine.
  • Mombasa Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache said the harsh sentence was meant to serve as an "example to those in the illegal poaching trade."
  • She ruled that there was sufficient evidence linking Mohammed to the seizure of over 2,000 kilograms of ivory in Mombasa last year, but acquitted four others for lack of evidence.

Mombasa Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache said the harsh sentence was meant to serve as an “example to those in the illegal poaching trade.”

She ruled that there was sufficient evidence linking Mohammed to the seizure of over 2,000 kilograms of ivory in Mombasa last year, but acquitted four others for lack of evidence.

“It is evident that Feisal left the country incognito when the ivory was recovered,” the magistrate said, “It is based on this circumstance that the accused is found guilty as charged.”

Nine witnesses testified in the case.

While delivering the judgment, the magistrate said police had also relied on mobile phone data to link Mohammed to Tudor Estate, where the ivory haul was seized.

His arrest came after the International Police Organisation put his name on a list of nine most wanted suspects linked to crimes against the environment.

Mohammed was alleged to be in possession of elephant tusks weighing more than two tonnes that were found during the raid in mid last year.

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