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Justice: Appearance of two alleged traffickers of black tip wildlife
products (Republic of the Congo)
Groupe Congo Medias
June 7, 2021
The first hearing concerning two alleged traffickers of a panther skin and
a piece of ivory arrested on May 20 will open on June 8, 2021, at the
Pointe Noire Tribunal de Grande Instance.
The arrest was carried out by agents of the Departmental Directorate of
Forest Economy of Pointe Noire and elements of the Research Section of the
Gendarmerie Region with technical support from PALF (Application Support
Project of the Law on Wildlife).
These alleged wildlife offenders had been caught in the act of possession,
circulation and attempted marketing of a panther skin and a piece of ivory.
These seized products are said to come from the village of Kotovindou in
the Department of Kouilou. Products that these two individuals were
preparing to sell in Pointe - Noire to their potential customers.
This arrest marks a halt to this illicit traffic which is said to be
practiced by these individuals. They face penalties ranging from two (2) to
five (5) years imprisonment and a fine ranging from one hundred thousand
(100,000) to five million (5,000,000) FCFA in accordance with the law.
The Republic of Congo, which is committed to protecting its endangered
animal species, remains vigilant and hunts down all those who obstruct the
law in terms of the protection of wildlife. Excellent work is regularly
accomplished by the local authorities and produces positive effects in this
area of the fight against wildlife crime. Acts committed by alleged
wildlife offenders cannot go unpunished.
As a reminder, six individuals, all of Congolese nationality, were arrested
successively on January 27, 28, 31 and February 02, 2021 in the same city
with four (4) ivory points, weighing 101.3 kg, representing approximately
four (4) slaughtered elephants, several objects worked in ivory. The legal
proceedings inherent in this case are pending before the Pointe Noire
tribunal de grande instance.