How criminal gangs are killing Africa’s elephants

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A heavily laden white Mitsubishi truck pulled into the Fuji Motors East Africa car dealership in an industrial neighbourhood on the northern edge of Mombasa.

The truck’s cargo was not “household equipment” as declared, but 228 elephant tusks and 74 ivory pieces weighing a total of 2,152 kilograms (4,700 pounds).

When Kenyan police officers raided the car lot five days later, they refused a bribe of five million shillings ($55,000, 49,000 euros), seized the ivory and arrested two men. The bust was one of the biggest in the country’s history but the suspected mastermind, Feisal Mohamed Ali, aged 46, had escaped.

Ali was “alleged to be the ringleader of an ivory smuggling ring in Kenya” according to Interpol, and in November the international police organisation listed him among the world’s nine “most wanted environmental criminals”.

News by Newsvision  http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/664075-how-criminal-gangs-are-killing-africa-s-elephants.html

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