Thursday 17 April 2014

Ivory poachers get prison terms

Three poachers have been jailed for 16 years after killing 81 elephants by poisoning their water holes in Zimbabwe

Three poachers convicted of the cyanide poisoning of water holes that killed 81elephants in a northwestern Zimbabwe nature park to collect ivory have been sentenced to up to 16 years in jail, court officials said.

Officials in the court in Hwange, 470 miles west of Harare, said today the men were found guilty under anti-poaching laws and for illegal possession of 17 elephant tusks.

Another five suspects were ordered to be held in custody until their October 4 trial.

Wildlife authorities say 81 elephant carcasses were found in the remote Hwange National Park in the past month.

Officials said it was not clear where the other tusks were hidden or whether they had already been smuggled out of Zimbabwe to lucrative illegal ivory markets in Asia.


Press Association

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