Groupe Congo Medias
June 10, 2019
Two wildlife crime hearings are scheduled for June 12-13, 2019 at the
Owando Court of Appeal in the Cuvette Department and the Impfondo District
Court in Likouala.
In Owando, there will be the case of an alleged wildlife offender,
prosecuted for slaughtering an animal species fully protected here?the
elephant, holding trophies of this species or six ivory tusks representing
three elephants slaughtered, detention of illegal weapon of war and
The attempted murder of an officer is also among the offenses with which he
is charged. He allegedly shot and seriously injured an eco-guard.
This Congolese individual of the DRC would have committed these things,
with his two accomplices on the run, on September 27, 2017 in the village
of Papaye forest in the Etoumbi district. In their escape, one of them was
arrested on 20 June 2018 in Owando by members of the National Gendarmerie
and the eco-guards of the Odzala National Park.
During previous hearings, he acknowledged the facts alleged against him.
The hearing of this June 12, 2019, at the Court of Appeal of Owando is for
the requisitions and pleadings. The verdict on this case will not be long.
In Impfondo, this is the appearance on June 13, 2019, of seven alleged
traffickers of wildlife products whose hearing will be on requisitions of
the public prosecutor. They had been arrested on 27 February 2019 in the
same town, in the act of detention and circulation of nine pieces of ivory,
a bag of giant pangolin scales and a panther skin. They are also prosecuted
for the import of these products and the presumption of slaughter of fully
protected animal species.
This is a network of suspected traffickers of wildlife products in which we
find the Central Africans, Congolese DRC and those of Brazzaville.
They were arrested by officers of the Departmental Forest Economy and the
elements of the National Gendarmerie with the support of the PALF (Project
Supporting the Application of the Wildlife Act). Some of the seized
products would come from the DRC and for others localities of the
Department of Likouala.
Impfondo, their base, is the city where they are used to selling these
products. The latter each have a definite role in this traffic: marketers,
sellers, carriers, all well connected.
In the Republic of Congo, elephants, panthers and giant pangolins are fully
protected animal species, in accordance with Order No. 6075 / MDDEFE / CAB
of 9 April 2011 determining fully and partially protected animal species.
Similarly, the national legislation, in accordance with article 113
paragraph 6 of the law 37-2008 of 2008, provides a penalty of imprisonment
up to five years and a maximum of five million FCFA of the fine against
anyone who has imported, exported, commercialized or made transit in the
national territory of the wild animals or their trophies in violation of
this law or the international conventions in force in Congo.