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Thai woman arrested with illegal ivory charged

Thai woman arrested with illegal ivory charged


Written By:Micheal Gichuki,    Posted: Mon, Dec 27, 2010




A 33 year old Thai national caught in possession of ivory products on Saturday night was Tuesday arraigned before a Makadara court.


Tharat Noiphoroma was charged before court with being in possession of game trophies, ivory neck laces ivory bangles all weighing 19.5 kg and worth 195,000 Kenyan shillings.


Tharat was preparing to board a plane to Bangkok, Thailand, when she was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.


She had arrived from Maputo, Mozambique and was released with fine of 30,000 shillings.


The trophies were forfeited to the State.


Her arrest came barely two weeks after a Singaporean traveling from Lilongwe, Malawi, was arrested at the airport with 92 kilograms of ivory.


He too was travelling preparing to board a plane to Thailand.


Ivory trade is banned to prevent poaching of elephants, one of wildlife's endangered species.


Last year, 14 suspected poachers were killed in armed confrontations with KWS rangers. Thirteen firearms and 302 rounds of ammunitions were recovered.


Investigations into the illegal ivory trade have shown Kenya is a safe route for smuggling cartels, but they have cleared the country of being the source of elephant tusks and ivory products seized in various parts of the world in recent months.


In one of the cases 2,000 kilograms of elephant tusks seized in Vietnam in May came from Selous National Park, one of the biggest conservation centres in Tanzania.


Kenya has not sold ivory since 1989 and has since accumulated 60 tonnes of ivory and is determined to ensure trade in it is never legalised.


 Posted by admin on December 29 2010 21:26:20 0 Comments : Reads 2667 Print  

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