Verdade Online (Mozambique)
March 21, 2018
Businessman arrested in Sofala Province in possession of more than 81
kg of ivory
A 43-year-old Mozambican businessman has been deprived of his freedom since
last February in the town of Beira, Sofala province, for allegedly being
caught with six ivory tusks weighing 81.5 kilograms.
Amaral Guilherme tried to deceive the authorities, hiding the product in
sacks of corn bran.
Joaquim Tomo, a spokesman for the provincial prosecutor’s office in Sofala,
told reporters on Tuesday that the accused had been detained at the
Chupanga administrative post in the Marromeu district, from where he was
transferred to the city of Beira.
The origin of the ivory tusks, of which two have the same size, 1.70 meters
of diameter each and 12 centimeters of width, are still unknown. The other
two trophies measure 1.40 meters and 1 centimeter in diameter each.
It is suspected that Amaral Guilherme belongs to a gang that is dedicated
to poaching, said Joaquim Tomo, stressing that the product resulted from
“the result of poaching.”
To respond for this crime, as well as the illegal transport of wildlife
resources, the citizen will have to appear before a judge next April.
It is recalled that, in 2016, Parliament approved an amendment to the Law
on the Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity
(Law No. 16/2014 of 16 June).
According to the same rule, anyone who illegally extracts forest and
wildlife resources, sells, distributes, purchases, descends, receives,
provides to another person, transports, imports, exports, transits or
illicitly owns animals, protected or prohibited, also carries penalties
ranging from 12 to 16 years in prison.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.