RECORD 18 YEARS FOR RHINO HORN TRAFFICKER...
A man who poached a rhino in Liwonde NP and removed the horn ready to sell to a buyer he had lined up was given a record 18 year prison sentence, setting a new wildlife crime precedent in Malawi's courts. His two accomplices were given 8 and 10 years each. Great work from the authorities plus the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and African Park's teams, who even managed to locate the horn on the day of finding the carcass thanks to tracking technology. Read more here.
...AND 13 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR ELEPHANT POACHERS
Then in the same week, another stiff sentence from the North. Two men were arrested for entering Nkhotakota Game reserve and using an antique rifle to kill an elephant that had just been trans-located from Liwonde National Park. They were both given 13 year prison sentences by the ruling magistrate. Read more here
We'll write more on the results of Malawi's new private prosecution model next month...