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Courts hand Chinese and Kenyan wildlife criminals hefty fines or jail

Date Published: 28 Jan, 2014
Courts hand Chinese and Kenyan wildlife criminals hefty fines or jail

Chinese Ivory smuggler Tang Yong Jian ( Left) at the Makadara law court where he was fined Sh. 20 million or serve 7 years in jai

Chinese and Kenyan wildlife criminals have been fined in two separate courts in Nairobi (January 28, 2014) while a third suspected ivory smuggler is waiting to take his plea. 

Tang Yong Jian,  40, was  fined Sh20 million (US230,000) or seven years in jail if he fails to pay the penalty.   

Tang  had pleaded guilty to all charges of illegal possession and dealing in ivory at Nairobi’s Makadara Law Court.  

A couple of kilometres away in Kibera Law Court was Stephen Juma, 30, who was fined Sh1 million or serve 5 years in jail if he fails to pay the fine for  illegal possession of lovebirds.  He had been arrested at Westlands area in Nairobi County on January 19, 2014.  

A third suspected Chinese ivory smuggler is being held at court cells in Makadara after he was arrested (Monday, February 27,

2014) while trying to smuggle ivory through Jomo Kenyatta

International Airport in Nairobi.

Chunsheng Zhang , 31, is waiting to be presented before the magistrate .

He was arrested while on transit from Lubumbashi  (Congo) to China on a Kenya Airways flight at 11pm after he was found with three ivory necklaces, two ivory bracelets, ten pendants and two rectangular blocks of ivory.

Zhang arrived at the airport aboard KQ 584 and was scheduled to depart by KQ882 for Guangzhou, China.

He was booked at the JKIA police station and brought to Makadara court.

 

 

 

 

 

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