Three judges of Tanzania’s highest court have confirmed conviction and sentence of a Chinese national, Song Lei, after 11 rhino horn were found in a ‘secret chamber’ of his Toyota Hilux. However, the court upheld the acquittal of three other men who were with him at the time. This follows the widely welcomed arrest, trial and initial conviction of all four as well as the tough sentences imposed on them in 2016. Among those most elated by the initial conviction were members of the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF).
The arrest, trial, conviction and tough sentencing of four Chinese men for smuggling 11 rhino horns from Malawi into Tanzania was met with great rejoicing by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) and many other environmental agencies.