Groupe Congo Medias
March 19, 2019

Three hearings on wildlife crime are scheduled for March 21, 26, and 28,
2019, in the Courts of High Instance of Brazzaville, Ewo, and Oyo.

In Brazzaville, this concerns the appearance of two alleged ivory
traffickers, all Congolese nationals, arrested on October 31, 2018, in the
capital city, with two pieces of ivory divided into four pieces, weighing a
total of twenty kilos. This ivory comes from Mossaka in the Department of
the Cuvette. These two alleged wildlife offenders will appear on March 21,

In Ewo is the case of six alleged ivory traffickers arrested on February 5,
2019, in Etoumbi in the Department of Cuvette West. These individuals, all
Congolese nationals, were caught in the bag with 41 ivory tusks weighing
more than 86 kg. The ivory tusks seized represent a massacre of more than
20 elephants.

They are being prosecuted for importing, holding, illegal circulation and
marketing trophies of an entirely protected animal species (elephant). They
will appear on March 26.

Another case the hearing of which is scheduled for March 28 is that of an
alleged ivory trafficker arrested red handed on February 17, 2019, in Oyo
with four ivory tusks. This Congolese national confessed to bringing back
the ivory tusks from the Department of Sangha.

He provided indigenous people with ammunition and food to kill the
elephants, including those of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. He is
prosecuted for complicity in the illegal slaughter, possession and
circulation of trophies of an animal species fully protected, four ivory
tusks representing two elephants slaughtered.

The verdict of this case will be known at the end of this hearing on March
28, 2019.

The arrests of these alleged wildlife offenders were the work of the agents
of the Departmental Directorates of the Forest Economy of Brazzaville and
Cuvette, Cuvette-West, the eco-guards of the PNOK (OdzalaKokoua National
Park) and elements of the National Gendarmerie, with the support of the
PALF (Wildlife Law Enforcement Support Project). These defendants are
liable to up to five (5) years imprisonment under the laws regulating this

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 detention and transit over the national territory of
fully protected species; as well as their trophies are strictly forbidden.?