Group Congo Medias
January 12, 2019

The High Court of Owando in the Department of the Cuvette, delivered its
verdict, January 10, 2019, in the case of a wildlife offender, arrested in
the act of detention and illegal circulation of two ivory tusks, November
27, 2018, in this same city.

Sieur MABIALA MBOUMBA Prince Hadley, a Congolese national, was sentenced to
three years’ imprisonment, with five million (5,000,000) FCFA in fine and
five million (5,000,000) FCFA in damages.

The illegal possession and circulation of the trophies of an entirely
protected animal species (elephant), are the facts justifying this decision
of the High Court of this locality.

This second class fighter of the Para Commando Group of the Congolese Armed
Forces is an ivory trafficker in several cities in Congo including
Impfondo, Ouesso and Owando.

These seized ivory tusks came from the Department of Likouala where this
alleged wildlife offender was on a mission to fight against poaching — a
mission he had turned into a campaign of trafficking in ivory tusks in
complicity with poachers; which they then indulged in the sale of these
wildlife products to enrich themselves.

As a reminder, MABIALA MBOUMBA Prince Hadley (39 years old) had been
arrested by the agents of the Departmental Direction of the Forest Economy
of the Cuvette, with the help of the elements of the National Gendarmerie
with the support of the PALF (Project of Support Application of the
Wildlife Act).

In the Republic of Congo, elephants are fully protected animal species, in
accordance with Order No. 6075 / MDDEFE / CAB of 9 April 2011 determining
fully and partially protected animal species. In addition, Article 27 of
Law 37/2008 of 28 November 2008 on fauna and protected areas states:
“import; export; the possession and transit throughout the national
territory of fully protected animal species; as well as their trophies are
strictly forbidden; except special derogation of the water and forest
administration; for the purposes of scientific research”.