A court in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday charged 2 law enforcement officers over prohibited ownership of elephant tusks, weighing 23 kgs.
Boniface Okello and Martin Ocen appeared prior to a Special Utilities Court at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court for remaining in ownership of secured types under the Uganda Wildlife Act 2019.
Charles Twiine, authorities representative for the criminal examinations directorate, informed Xinhua by telephone that the offense brings in an optimal sentence of life jail time upon conviction.
“Every police officer that commits an offence is individually liable. They risk life imprisonment on conviction,” stated Twiine.”We will produce adequate proof to guarantee that these perpetrators are effectively prosecuted and founded guilty,” he stated.
Most of the ivory in Uganda is smuggled from surrounding nations such as Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Uganda is primarily utilized as a transit point for smugglers of wildlife items as the transgressors benefit from permeable borders.