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Chinese jailed as more illegal Ivory seized in Kenya

Date Published: 26 Aug, 2010
Chinese jailed as more illegal Ivory seized in Kenya

KWS rangers inspect a rhino horn which was part of the trophy seized on August 23, 2010 at the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport.

A Chinese national was jailed for 18 months for possession of illegal ivory barely a day after the weekend seizure of 2 tonnes of ivory and five rhino horns.  This was part of two more seizures of illegal ivory from Mozambique and Uganda made at Kenya’s main airport in Nairobi in a week.  On Monday August 23, 2010 an unaccompanied cargo of two pieces of carved and raw ivory weighing 3.3 kg from Kampala, Uganda destined for Hong Kong, China was intercepted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

The following day, Tuesday August 24, 2010 the Chinese national on Kenya Airways flight was seized with a hand luggage containing 10 illegal worked ivory chopping sticks and two bangles. He has since been charged in Nairobi’s Makadara Law Courts where he pleaded guilty of possession of wildlife trophy without a valid permit and for failure to report to Kenya Wildlife. He was jailed 18 months jail without the option of a fine for the first count and fined Sh10,000 or 12 months imprisonment for the second count. 

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