01-08-2019 by redazione
They were probably well hidden for some time, because since the beginning of the year in Kenya there has been no news of elephants killed by poachers in Kenya's national parks, especially in East and West Tsavo, thanks to the excellent work of the Kenya Wildlife Service in concert with the Kenyan police.
The fact is that during a coordinated operation, in recent days 35 ivory tusks were found in the hinterland of Kilifi, hidden in a hut in the sub-contea of Rabai.
The group responsible for the illegal detention was made up of five people, two of whom have managed to escape and three, captured, are already collaborating with the authorities. The commercial value of the loot would be around 1.5 million euros.
The operation was conducted at five in the morning, the tusks were very blackened because hidden in coal bags, as already experienced during previous seizures. Recently, the Minister of Tourism, Najib Balala, had proposed that poachers and ivory traffickers be punished with the death penalty. As we know, in Kenya the death penalty, while remaining in national laws, has not been applied for years and is usually turned into the maximum possible penalty, namely life imprisonment.
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