Tanzania jails Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ trafficker for 15 years

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Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, dubbed the ‘Ivory Queen’, sits inside the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Reuters)
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Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, dubbed the ‘Ivory Queen’, sits inside the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Reuters)
Updated 19 February 2019
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Tanzania jails Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ trafficker for 15 years

  • Yang Fenlan, 69, was convicted in Dar es Salaam of trafficking 860 tusks between 2000 and 2014
  • Fenlan, who has lived in the East African nation since the 1970s, was convicted of organizing a smuggling ring between Tanzania and Asia

NAIROBI: A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese woman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” to 15 years in jail for her role in trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants.
Yang Fenlan, 69, was convicted in Dar es Salaam of trafficking 860 tusks between 2000 and 2014, a haul representing the slaughter of dozens of herds of elephants.
Two Tanzanian men were also found guilty for their role in the illegal commerce. They were also sentenced to 15 years each.
“The prosecution proved the case against the accused beyond a reasonable doubt,” Judge Huruma Shaidi told the court.
The prosecution showed the two men had collected elephant tusks across Tanzania, bringing them to Frenlan.

Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, dubbed the ‘Ivory Queen’, is escorted by prison wardens at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Reuters)

“The testimonies proved that all three accused worked hand in hand,” Shaidi said.
The trio were also ordered to pay a joint fine of $13 million (€11.5 million) — roughly equivalent to twice the market value of the ivory they profited from — or face an additional two years in jail.
Defense lawyers said they would appeal.
Wildlife campaigners have called it one of the most important cases for several years.
Fenlan, who has lived in the East African nation since the 1970s, was convicted of organizing a smuggling ring between Tanzania and Asia.
When she was arrested in 2015 she was vice president of the China-Africa Business Council of Tanzania.
Poaching has seen the population of African elephants fall by 110,000 over the past decade to just 415,000 animals, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The slaughter is being fueled especially by demand in Asia, where ivory is used for jewelry and ornamentation.


At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabab claimed attack

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At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabab claimed attack

  • Authorities have not said if there are any deaths in the attack
  • The extremist group is fighting against foreign influences which they see as heretic

MOGADISHU: At least 11 people were wounded when gunmen set off explosions and stormed government ministries in Somalia’s capital Saturday in an attack claimed by the Al-Shabab extremist group, police said.
“There can be others inside but we have so far collected eleven people wounded in the attack,” said Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of the Aamin ambulance service in the capital Mogadishu.
Police say the assault began when two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labor.
Gunmen entered the buildings following the blasts.
“The security forces rescued many of the staff from the buildings and they are still engaging some gunmen who managed to enter the building after the blast,” said security commander Ahmed Adan.
It remained unclear if there were any deaths in the attack.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Shabab extremist group, which is fighting an armed insurrection in Somalia against what it sees as heretic and foreign influence.
Attacks that use a combination of bombs and gunmen have become a hallmark of the insurgents.
Earlier this month, at least 20 people died in an attack in Mogadishu which saw Al-Shabab extremists battling security forces for nearly 24 hours.
The group also claimed responsibility for a March 7 car bombing near a restaurant in the capital that killed four people.