Court overturns 20-year jail sentence for Faisal Mohamed convicted for ivory traficking
SEE ALSO :Blow to Swazuri team in land rowFeisal who was put on the international list of most wanted trophy traffickers has already served five years since his arrest in 2015. He was charged alongside five others with dealing and being in possession of 2,152kg of ivory in Mombasa on July 22, 2016. “I have considered the submissions by both parties and I have satisfied myself that the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and that the appellant’s conviction was unconstitutional. I therefore proceed to quash the sentence,” said the judge. In her judgment, the magistrate described the trial as extraordinary involving a grave crime. She declared a stringent sentence is necessary to “bring this mess [poaching] to and end” and save the elephant. “Action such as this action by persons like the accused who are depleting our resources cannot be looked down upon because over 174 elephants were killed,” said Mochache.