Vox Congo  (Republic of the Congo)
March 21, 2018

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Three hearings on wildlife crime are scheduled from March 22, two at the
high court of Ouesso in the Sangha and one at the Court of Appeal of
Pointe-Noire.

In Ouesso, the court will deliver its verdict on March 22 in the case of
the five suspected ivory traffickers namely: Joshua Loukahou Tsimba, son
Biambi alias Mozalisi, Murielle Makaya, Mohamed Mboumbouo Karibou and Asco
Elenga.

They were arrested on 29 January in the act of holding and illegally
trafficking and attempting to commercialize 15 ivory tusks representing
eight massacred elephants.

For the ivory, these individuals would kill elephants using the PMAK, in
the forests of the Sangha in complicity with the indigenous peoples, to
enrich themselves.

On February 15 during a hearing on this case, these alleged wildlife
offenders acknowledged the facts they are accused of. It was at the end of
this hearing for oral argument and requisition that the deliberations were
scheduled for this March 22nd.

Another case, still in the district court of Ouesso, whose hearing for
requisitions and pleadings is scheduled for this date of March 22, is that
of Yvon Tonga and Anicet Moungambo.

They are prosecuted for the presumption of slaughtering, detaining, and the
illegal movement of trophies of fully protected animal species.

These two individuals possessed four ivory tusks, weighing about ten
kilograms, representing two killed elephants (a female and her elephant).

They were arrested for this fact on February 26 in Ouesso in the Sangha.
These alleged wildlife offenders are regulars in the illegal trade in
wildlife products in the Sangha and Likouala. The ivory seized would come
from the Pokola district.

At the level of the Court of Appeal of Pointe-Noire, the fate of four
alleged traffickers of two skins of panther and elephant tails will also be
fixed on March 29.

Etienne Misamou Diamesso, Christian Mvouama Ngouedi, Elisabeth Massoueme
and Albert Mbika were arrested, in June 2016, in the act of detention,
illegal circulation of, and attempt to commercialize the trophies of fully
protected animal species.

The verdict on this case is expected by March 29.

The arrests of these alleged wildlife offenders are the work of the
officers of the various departmental directorates of Waters and Forests,
Sangha and Pointe-Noire and the services of the National Gendarmerie thanks
to the information and support of the PALF. These defendants are liable to
up to five years’ imprisonment under the laws regulating this sector.

Article 27 of Law 37/2008 of 28 November 2008 on fauna and protected areas
stipulates: “import; export; the possession and transit through the
national territory of fully protected species; as well as their trophies
are strictly forbidden; except special derogation of the water and forest
administration; for the purposes of scientific research”.

A firm and exemplary justice is eagerly awaited.

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