Thursday, August 20, 2015

FEISAL ALI MOHAMMED ON TRIAL FOR POSSESSING BLOOD IVORY


A man counts ivory pieces at the KWS offices in Mombasa on August 17, 2015 before the proceedings of a case against businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed and five others. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By GALGALO BOCHA
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The 314 pieces of ivory, allegedly found in possession of Mombasa businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed, were extracted from 160 elephants, a court heard on Wednesday.

The trophies, weighing 2,152 kilograms and valued at Sh44 million, were harvested from elephants of different age brackets, according to Dr Ogeto Mwebi, an animal heritage scientist.

Dr Mwebi is a senior research scientist and head of osteology at the National Museums of Kenya.

“In the forensic analysis I conducted, I (found) all of them to be elephant ivory of different ages. I estimated they belonged to 160 elephants. I put them as juvenile, mature or adults,” said Dr Mwebi.

He, however, explained that his analysis did not focus on establishing which country was home to the elephants.

He was testifying in the ongoing trial of Mr Mohamed and four other people for alleged possession of the ivory and dealing with the tusks without a licence.

The other suspects are Mr Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq Kara, Praverz Noor Mohamed and Mr Abdulmajeed Ibrahim.

They have all denied committing the offence on June 5 last year at the business premises of Fuji Motors East Africa Limited, on Tom Mboya Avenue, Tudor Estate, in Mombasa.

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