Agence d’Information d’Afrique Centrale/Brazzaville

April 9, 2018

The alleged delinquent was detained on 7 April by agents of the

Departmental Forest Economy Department of Sangha, in collaboration with

those of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Coming from a locality in the sub-prefecture of Pokola, the lady was

carrying a bag in which were buried four ivory tusks

wrapped in a mattress covered with a sheet to escape the vigilance of the

control services.

According to wildlife conservation experts, four ivory tusks are equivalent

to two slaughtered elephants.

The slaughter of elephants being prohibited by the Congolese law of 1983,

the alleged trafficker of ivory must therefore answer the facts for which

she is suspected, before the judges of the court of Ouesso.

As a result, she runs the risk of five years in prison and a fine of up to

five million FCFA, according to the provisions of article 113 of the law n

? 37-2008 on fauna and protected areas of 28 November 2008.

According to her statements recorded in the minutes, the ivory tusks she

was carrying belonged to a trafficker recognized by the conservation

authorities in the area. She was preparing to deliver them to a customer in



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