Groupe Congo Medias
May 15, 2019
The High Court of Brazzaville issued its verdict on May 13, 2019, in the
case of two individuals arrested in the act of detention, illegal
circulation, and attempted marketing of several wildlife products, on
October 2, 2018, in the capital city.
Siblings IBANDA Armand Tonton and WAWA Justin, all Congolese nationals of
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were sentenced to two years in
prison, with a fine of one million (1,000,000) each.
The illegal possession and circulation of trophies of fully protected
animal species (elephant and panther) are the offenses justifying this
decision of the District Court of Brazzaville.
These two wildlife offenders had been caught in the bag with (260) two
hundred and sixty Chinese ivory chopsticks, a hundred ivory bracelets,
necklaces and rings, a hundred ivory pendants, (7) seven ivory statuettes,
(2) two pieces of raw ivory and (3) three skins of panthers.
The arrest of these traffickers of wildlife products was the work of the
elements of the National Gendarmerie and the Departmental Direction of the
Forest Economy of Brazzaville, thanks to the support of the PALF (Project
of Support to the Application of the Wildlife Act).
In the Republic of Congo, elephants and panthers 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.?