Convicted poachers freed on appeal in Tanzania

April 21, 2014

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A Tanzanian appeals court has ordered the release of two convicted poachers from jail and overturned their conviction on two of four counts, Tanzania's Daily News reported Monday (April 21st).

Emanuel Saguda, also known as Sulukuka, and Sahili Wambura were sentenced to 23 years in jail or a fine of 13 million shillings ($8,000) for unlawfully hunting in Serengeti National Park and illegally possessing government trophies.

But a three-judge panel significantly reduced the penalty, finding that the defendants were appropriately convicted in only two of the charges against them -- unlawful entry into a national park and possessing weapons in a national park.

"In view of the fact that the charge against the appellants were not proved in respect of the third and fourth counts, the conviction of the appellants on both counts is no longer valid," said the ruling by Justices January Msoffe, Nathalia Kimaro and Sauda Mjasiri.

The judges ruled that the accused should be sentenced to one year in prison or a fine of 10,000 shillings ($6) and two years and or fine of 20,000 shillings ($12).

"The appellants were convicted on 5 August 2011. In view of the fact that the appellants have already completed serving one and two sentences in the first and second count, we hereby order that they be released from prison unless they are lawfully held," the judges ruled.

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  • ndembwevayove
    April 21, 2014 @ 10:16:36PM

    That is a Tanzania they want….it's only us who have no godfathers who will remain in jails...

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