Economy & Politics

Kenyan ivory trafficker found hiding in Dar-es-Salaam

Kenya Wildlife Services rangers inspect the carcass of an elephant killed by poachers. Photo | FILE | KWS
Kenya Wildlife Services rangers inspect the carcass of an elephant killed by poachers. Elephant and rhino populations in East Africa have dropped in the last three years due to poaching to serve demand from China. Photo | FILE | KWS 

A fugitive Kenyan businessman wanted by Interpol for allegedly dealing in ‘blood ivory’ was arrested Monday night in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Mr Feisal Ali Mohamed, 47, was found hiding in a house in the port city.

He is wanted in Kenya and is being held under a warrant of arrest issued against him in October 2014.

Police have described Mohamed as the leader of an international poaching syndicate in East Africa and say he was linked to three metric tonnes of illegally poached ivory found in Tudor, Mombasa, in June last year. He faces charges of dealing in wildlife trophies contrary to “section 84(1) as read with section 92 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act”.

Nairobi Interpol boss Vitalis Okumu on Tuesday confirmed his arrest, saying his officers plan to bring Mohamed back to Kenya to face trial.