Friday, August 16, 2013

Singapore ships suspected ivory container back to Kenya

A container believed to be carrying ivory has been sent back to Mombasa after authorities seized it in Singapore, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Tuesday (August 13th). "The container was among those seized earlier and returned to Kenya. But somehow, it disappeared," said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director Arthur Tuda. "Through our efforts and our foreign security colleagues, we intercepted it and, as I speak, it is expected at Mombasa port anytime." Containers carrying ivory destined for Malaysia were seized at Mombasa port in late July and early August. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Ports Authority and KWS are in search of others. Two poachers and two rangers have been killed this month as efforts to contain poaching intensify, Tuda said. KWS, KRA and police also suspect the involvement of top officials in poaching and ivory smuggling, including two businessmen from the Coast region, a central Kenyan member of parliament and a Rift valley governor. They have been linked to a container of ivory intercepted at Mombasa port last month. Source: Sabahi Online (Washington DC)

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