IN­TER­POL Nabs Ivory King­pin

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IN­TER­POL’s in­ter­na­tional pub­lic ap­peal for in­di­vid­u­als wanted for en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes has started bear­ing fruit with the ar­rest of a fugi­tive in Zam­bia. Ben Si­masiku, a Zam­bian na­tional aged 32, had fled from Botswana in 2012 after he and three other sus­pected il­le­gal ivory traders were ar­rested in pos­ses­sion of 17 cut pieces of ele­phant tusks weigh­ing ap­prox­i­mately 115 kg. The il­le­gal cache, weigh­ing 115kg in to­tal, was worth ap­prox­i­mately US$220,000 ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­ports of the price of ivory.

He is one of the tar­gets high­lighted by IN­TER­POL’s Op­er­a­tion In­fra-Terra (In­ter­na­tional Fugi­tive Round Up and Ar­rest) and fea­tured in a pub­lic ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion.

Launched on Oc­to­ber 6, 2014, IN­TER­POL’s Op­er­a­tion In­fra- Terra brought to­gether in­ves­ti­ga­tors from 21 of the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries at the IN­TER­POL Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat head­quar­ters to di­rectly share in­for­ma­tion on more than 130 sus­pects wanted by 36 coun­tries for crimes in­clud­ing il­le­gal fish­ing, wildlife trafficking, il­le­gal trade and dis­posal of waste, il­le­gal log­ging and trad­ing in il­licit ivory.

It is the first IN­TER­POL fugi­tive op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing in­di­vid­u­als specif­i­cally wanted for crimes con­cern­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

De­tails of the wanted per­sons, their sus­pected lo­ca­tions and any other po­ten­tially iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion was col­lated and

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