POLICE SEIZE ELEPHANT TUSKS IN MAPUTO MARKET

The Mozambican police have arrested two men caught trying to sell 22.5 kilogrammes of elephant tusks in Maputo Central Market.

According to Paulo Nazare, a spokesperson for the Maputo City Police Command, the men were also in possession of 100 grammes of shark teeth and one kg of leopard skin. The police moved in to arrest them last Friday after they received a tip-off about the attempted illegal sale of wildlife products.

In their defence, the two men claimed that the ivory and other items did not belong to them and that a man had left them on their market stall. This “brother” had asked the two to look after his property, and promised he would return to collect it.

The items were inside a bag which they had not opened, and so they did not know what it contained, they claimed. If they had known that the bag contained ivory and other prohibited wild life produce, they would never have agreed to look after it.

The police also seized items of carved ivory, including statues, bracelets and necklaces, during the raid.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK