May 16, 2021
A Gabonese woman was arrested in the act of possessing and selling ivory tusks on May 14 in Bifoun, 160 km south-east of Libreville. At 54, the alleged trafficker faces up to 10 years in prison.
Despite government measures and NGO action to protect elephants, ivory trafficking is still in vogue in Gabon.
On May 14 in Bifoun, 160 km south-east of Libreville, in Moyen-Ogooué, a 54-year-old Gabonese woman was arrested in the act of possessing and selling ivory tusks. According to the Xinhua news agency citing a source from the Ministry of Forestry, the booty of the alleged trafficker consisted of four ivory tusks (including two sawn) weighing 45 kg.
However, the elephant is one of the species fully protected by law. The import, export, possession and transit on national territory of fully protected species are severely punished.
The fifty-year-old was certainly placed in detention while waiting to be presented before the special formation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Libreville to answer for the facts of detention and attempted sale of ivory with which she is accused. In accordance with article 388 of the penal code, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
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