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Elephant campaigner charged with possession of ivory tusks

A SENIOR figure in an elephant conservation charity that featured on David Attenborough's Africa series has been charged with the illegal possession of 41lb of ivory close to the Kenyan game park where she works, writes Mike Pflanz in Nairobi.

Wildlife rangers found six tusks in Soila Sayialel's four-wheel-drive and arrested her and her son, Robert, on suspicion of smuggling.

Lawyers for Mrs Soyialel (50) and her son, an IT specialist at the trust, claimed in court in Kenya on Monday that the tusks were planted in their Land Rover by Kenya Wildlife Service staff.

Ms Sayialel and her son denied three counts of having ivory without permission and were bailed ahead of their next hearing on June 17. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent