People, Environment

Ivory Kingpin Gets 20 Years

Ivory Kingpin Gets 20 YearsIvory Kingpin Gets 20 Years

A Kenyan court handed a 20-year prison sentence to a man who was found possessing more than 300 elephant tusks in what is seen as a landmark ruling in the East African nation’s fight against poaching. Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache said in her ruling that there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to convict Feisal Ali Mohammed, who was on Interpol’s most-wanted list for crimes against the environment. The ivory was discovered in a warehouse in the port city of Mombasa in 2014. Feisal escaped arrest during the raid but was arrested later that year in neighboring Tanzania, Bloomberg reported. Feisal’s lawyers said they would appeal the sentence. Four other defendants were acquitted.