Kenya: Landmark Verdict Due in Ivory Kingpin’s Case

The High Court in Mombasa was on Friday set to deliver judgment in a case involving alleged ivory kingpin Feisal Mohammed and four others.

The five were charged with trafficking over 2,152 kilograms of ivory worth Sh44 million which was recovered in Tudor Estate.

The judgement will be delivered at the Kenya Wildlife Service Marine Park where the ivory haul has been displayed.

Feisal is charged alongside Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq Kara, Praverz Noor Mohamed, Abdulmajeed Ibrahim who have all denied the charges.

Mohammed was arrested by Interpol agents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on December 23 last year.

His arrest came after the International Police Organisation put his name on a list of nine most wanted suspects linked to crimes against the environment.

Mohammed was alleged to be in possession of elephant tusks weighing more than two tonnes that were found during the raid in mid last year.

Two of his accomplices Abdul Halim Sadiq and Ghalib Sadiq Kara were arrested at the time.

On December 24, 2014, five police officers including Mombasa DCIO Ndumba Thangarani appeared in court for their involvement in supervising the tampering of evidence in the case involving Mohammed.

They were accused of raiding Fuji Motors in Tudor where 314 pieces of ivory were seized.

Conservationists have expressed concerns that Kenya is losing elephants and rhinos with estimates that there are less than 38,000 elephants in the country compared to the more than 160,000 elephants the country had in 1989.

Source: Capital FM.