RAW IVORY SEIZED IN LILONGWE
Just over 144kg of ivory has been seized by authorities so far this year, with 7kg recently recovered from five men arrested in Lilongwe. C.F. Shaibu, M.Itendo, J.Maluwa, M.Nthewele and H.Gwedeza were found with four pieces of raw ivory, valued at K10,212,000 ($16,626) and were charged with possession of and dealing in a listed species. C.F. Shaibu died before the trial, but the other four denied all charges. Despite this, Nthewele was found guilty of possession and all four of the accused were found guilty of dealing. On May 18th, Nthewele was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) on the first count of possession and all four were sentenced to 18 months IHL on the second count of dealing.