Court Convicts Rhino Horn Traffickers

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Uganda’s Utilities, Standards and Wildlife Court in Kampala convicted a Yemen national and a Ugandan national over Rhino horn trafficking.

The two convicts are identified as Al-Maamari Maged Mutahar Ali a Yemen nationalist and Abubakari Mustafa a Ugandan national.

This happened on September 14, 2022, when the court convicted the two for illegal possession of protected wildlife specimens, the attempt to export wildlife specimens without a permit, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The court sentenced Al-Maamari Maged Mutahar Ali to pay a fine of Uganda shillings 60 million for illegal possession of protected wildlife specimens and attempt to export the wildlife specimen with a permit and caution for conspiracy to commit a felony.

The court also ordered the deportation of the Yemen national from the country.

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Abubakari Mustafa his driver was sentenced to pay a fine of Uganda shillings 20 million or to be jailed for 15 years. He was driving a motor vehicle Reg. No. UGH, 194E which the two used to commission the offense was fortified to UWA.

The two were arrested on May 29, 2022, at Entebbe International Airport with 26 pieces of Rhino horns weighing 15kilograms. The rhino horns were concealed in food items to disguise their identity.

Uganda Wildlife Authority welcomed the court ruling, the authority applauded the security agencies that participated in the operation.

The wildlife protecting authority also extended appreciation to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, the Judiciary, and the media for supporting the conservation of wildlife in Uganda.

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