5 Years IHL for Illegal possession of pangolin

Lilongwe, LilongweSenior Resident Magistrate Court convicted and sentenced Mozambican citizen Habarawo Jyaime, 40 and a Malawian citizen Joseph Mankhokwe Banda, five to five years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for being found in possession of a live pangolin at Msundwe.

According to Central Region Police Public Relations Officer, Nolliettie Chihana Chimala, State Prosecutor Levison Mangani informed the court that on November 17, 2017, the suspects were found in possession of a live pangolin at Msundwe Trading centre which they were offering for sale at MK370, 000.

Some well-wishers informed the police who together with Wildlife officers ambushed and arrested the two, said Chimala.

She further said during interrogation, the Mozambican suspect revealed that he took the pangolin from Mozambique and later connived with Mankhokwe who works as a maintenance officer at Mchinji water department to sell the animal.

During court proceedings, the accused pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against them.

The two were thereafter charged with two counts; being Found in Possession of Specimen of Listed Species and Offering for Sale Specimen of Listed Species which is contrary to Section 86(1) as read with Section 110B (d) of National Parks and Wildlife Amended Act 2017.

Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona convicted and sentenced the two to five years IHL for the first count and four years IHL for the second count, the two sentences will run concurrently.

Habarawo Jyaime hails from Makosa Village in the area of Traditional Village Jali, Domwe, Mozambique, while Joseph Mankhokwe Banda comes from Bvumbwe Village, Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe District.

Meanwhile, another Mozambican citizen named Mikaeli Sandalakin, 32 and other two Malawians are on remand at Maula Prison after being found in possession of another live pangolin at Mitundu Trading centre yesterday (Tuesday).

The suspects will appear in court on 6th December 2017.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA