Uganda: man sentenced to life in prison for possession of ivory

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 Uganda: man sentenced to life in prison for possession of ivory

Pascal Achiba was convicted of illegal possession of protected species, the state Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said in a statement.

Achiba was arrested in January in the suburbs the capital of Kampala, along with two pieces of ivory weighing 9.55 kg.

UWA head Sam Mwanda called the verdict “a landmark achievement in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.”

Poaching and illegal wildlife trade are widespread in Uganda, where police frequently confiscate ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales and other products illegally obtained from wildlife.

Achiba previously served 18 months in prison for possession of four pieces of ivory, so he was sentenced to to life imprisonment for recidivism as a serial offender, the chief magistrate of the court said in a statement.

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