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Opening of the trial for worldwide trafficking in ivory and rhino horns in Rennes

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Opening of the trial for worldwide trafficking in ivory and rhino horns in Rennes

The trial of a world community of ivory and rhino horn trafficking opened on Monday, September 6 in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), with 9 Vietnamese, British and Chinese language defendants, together with members of the Rathkeale Rovers, a prison group from the Irish Traveler neighborhood.

For the Robin des Bois affiliation, which introduced a civil motion, it’s “The worldwide elephant and rhino gravediggers” which is on trial till Wednesday. Solely three of the 9 defendants, aged 29 to 58, appeared Monday morning earlier than the Rennes prison court docket. Two are on the run and the others are represented by their attorneys.

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The case begins with a easy customs verify on the evening of September 10 to 11, 2015 on the nationwide 10, in Dangé-Saint-Romain, in Vienne. On board the BMW, Poitiers customs officers found 4 African elephant tusks weighing 42.6 kilos and 32,800 euros in money.

The passengers, who declare to be second-hand sellers, are revealed to be members of a touring delinquency group referred to as the Rathkeale Rovers (“Rathkeale Wanderers”), named after the Irish village in County Limerick (southwest) the place they’re based mostly.

Some 4,200 euros per kilo of ivory

From the primary arrests in 2015, French customs officers will uncover two networks of worldwide trafficking in uncooked ivory and rhino horns to Vietnam and China, each in relation to the Rathkeale Rovers.

Throughout their investigations, customs officers found a number of processing workshops for horns and tusks, a very unprecedented reality on French territory, based on an skilled. Rhinoceros horns had been made into powder, shavings, balls or tricks to be exported and bought extra simply in China. A horn weighing practically 15 kilos was seized through the investigation, in addition to about 40 elephant tusks.

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“On the time of the info, the retail worth of a kilo of ivory within the Asian market was round $ 5,000 [quelque 4 200 euros] per kilo and rhino horn retailed for $ 1,000 [environ 840 euros] the gram “, notes the Robin des Bois affiliation in a press launch, which denounces “Poaching with its cruelties” generated by this visitors. “The investigation confirmed that a number of public sale homes in Cannes, Toulouse and Le Puy facilitated the export of elephant tusks to Vietnam”, additionally factors to the affiliation.

The defendants incur “A ten-year jail sentence in addition to a heavy advantageous”, based on a press launch from the Rennes public prosecutor Philippe Astruc. Commerce in protected species is ruled by the Washington Conference of 1er July 1975.

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