Six men on 7.4bn/- ivory haul charge granted bail (Tanzania)


Maureen Odinga, The Daily News

Date Published

The Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam granted bail to six people who were arrested in Zanzibar in possession of a container of elephant tusks worth 7.4bn/- in 2013.

The accused could not meet the bail conditions and were returned to remand custody. Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi said bail was open to the accused on condition that they produce two reliable sureties, one of whom should sign a bond of 634.5m/- or a title deed of an immovable property.

The accused are Mohammed Mussa (45), Mohammed Hajji Udole (42), Juma Makoma (43), Mohamed Hija, Omary Ally and Haider Ahmed – all from Zanzibar. State Attorney Mbunito Alloyce informed the court had come to issue a ruling for bail application.

The prosecution alleged that on October 1 and November 13, 2013 in different places at Kinondoni District in the city and in Zanzibar, the accused conspired to obtain government trophies namely elephant tusks, contrary to the law.

It was alleged that on the same occasion and places, the accused intentionally processed and managed to collect 1,023 government trophies namely elephant tusks weighing 2,915 kg valued at 7,480,125,000/-.

According to the prosecution, the accused were on November 13, 2013 at the Zanzibar Port found in possession of the said trophies without a valid permit from the Director of Wildlife.