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

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.


NATO force says 2 US service members killed in Afghanistan

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NATO force says 2 US service members killed in Afghanistan

  • More than 2,400 US service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 to topple the Taliban
  • The US formally ended its Afghan combat mission in 2014 but still provides extensive air and other support to local forces

KABUL, Afghanistan: The NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan says two US service members have been killed.
A brief statement says the two were killed Wednesday and their names are being withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin are notified, in accordance with Pentagon policy.
The statement doesn’t say how they were killed.
More than 2,400 US service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 to topple the Taliban, whose government had harbored Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Now, the US and Taliban are in negotiations on an end to nearly 18 years of fighting — America’s longest war.
The US formally ended its Afghan combat mission in 2014 but still provides extensive air and other support to local forces battling both the Taliban and an affiliate of the Daesh group.