IN­TER­POL Tar­gets East Africa’s Wildlife Crim­i­nals

Diplomat East Africa - - Green Agenda -

Barely days after the In­ter­na­tional po­lice es­tab­lished an o ice in Nairobi to tackle wildlife crimes in East­ern Africa, it has is­sued war­rant of ar­rest against a 46-year-old fugi­tive Mom­basa ty­coon, Feisal Ali Mo­hammed, over ivory tra ick­ing. PAUL UDOTO re­ports

Anti-poach­ing ef­forts in East­ern Africa have re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost after the In­ter­na­tional Po­lice (IN­TER­POL) es­tab­lished a ded­i­cated team to tackle wildlife crimes.

The ini­tia­tive by the world’s largest in­ter­na­tional po­lice or­gan­i­sa­tion is ex­pected to strengthen its mem­ber coun­tries in the fight against il­le­gal ivory trafficking and other en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes.

The spe­cial team is lo­cated within the IN­TER­POL Re­gional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi and it will be act as an ex­ten­sion of force’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Se­cu­rity Unit lo­cated at its Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat head­quar­ters in Lyon, France.

The of­fice is aimed at en­hanc­ing both na­tional and global ef­forts to­wards the pro­tec­tion of wildlife. The of­fice will work on a num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on ad­dress­ing the il­le­gal trafficking of ivory and rhi­noc­eros horn.

Barely days after the es­tab­lish­ment of the of­fice, IN­TER­POL is­sued a red no­tice alert, equiv­a­lent to an in­ter­na­tional war­rant of ar­rest on a Kenyan, Feisal Ali Mo- hammed, a 46-year-old Mom­basa busi­ness­man sus­pected of ivory trafficking.

Mo­hammed has been a fugi­tive since early June when an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued against him by Kenya po­lice. The war­rant was is­sued in con­nec­tion with the seizure of 228 tusks and 74 ivory pieces at a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ware­house in Mom­basa on June 5.

The tusks and ivory pieces weighed more than two tonnes, the largest seized in Kenya this year. After the seizure, to men were ar­rested, but Feisal Ali Mo­hammed, who is be­lieved to be

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