An Alleged Trafficker of Ivory Tusks Arrested in Oyo (Republic of the Congo)
Groupe Congo Medias
February 20, 2019

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The elements of the National Gendarmerie and the Departmental Directorate
of Waters and Forests of La Cuvette arrested in flagrante delicto, on
February 17, 2019, in Oyo, an alleged ivory trafficker with four ivory
tusks. This is thanks to the support of the PALF (Wildlife Law Enforcement
Support Project).

This Congolese national has admitted to bringing back the ivory tusks from
the Department of Sangha. He hid this ivory in a suitcase to deceive the
vigilance of the control services along the roads.

He provided ammunition and food to indigenous people to kill elephants,
including those of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

This alleged wildlife trafficker has acknowledged the alleged facts of
complicity in slaughter, illegal possession and movement of trophies of an
animal species fully protected: four ivory tusks, representing two
elephants shot. He faces up to five (5) years imprisonment.

The elephant is threatened with extinction in the Congo because of poaching
for its tusks. The government of the Republic and its partners for some
time have redoubled vigilance, to hunt down all those who hinder the law in
terms of protection of wildlife in the Congo.

Many wildlife traffickers are regularly arrested, tried and convicted
across the country.

Moreover, two hearings are scheduled for 20 and 21 February 2019 at the
Court of Appeal of Pointe Noire and the District Court of Brazzaville.
These are hearings of four (4) alleged traffickers of wildlife products:
two in Brazzaville and two in Pointe Noire. They will appear before the
judges.

In the Republic of Congo, elephants are a 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 detention and transit over the
national territory of fully protected species; as well as their trophies
are strictly forbidden; except special derogation of the Waters and Forests
Administration; for the purposes of scientific research?.