Ivory Smuggling

Kenya jails Chinese ivory smuggler in landmark ruling

Kenya is taking tough action over the illegal ivory trade. Photo: EPA

Kenya sentenced a Chinese ivory smuggler to 21/2 years in prison yesterday in a landmark ruling hailed as sending a powerful warning to poachers and smugglers.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 2:02am

Chinese ivory smuggler caught in Kenya fined less than US$1 a piece

A Chinese smuggler caught in Kenya with a haul of ivory was fined less than a dollar a piece, wildlife officials said yesterday. Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said Tian Yi was arrested on Sunday while in transit in Nairobi carrying 439 pieces of worked ivory.


27 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Briefs, February 4, 2013

Police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body about possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, reports said. Prosecutors interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission, who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, broadcaster NHK said.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Chinese ivory smugglers fined just US$340

The four Chinese defendants listen to their interpreter in court. Photo: EPA

During sentencing in Nairobi, Magistrate Timothy Okello regretted the defendants' crime "is still considered a petty offence" and called for Kenyan laws "to be amended to reflect the gravity of such matters".

30 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Four Chinese men in Kenyan court over ivory smuggling

Four Chinese men appeared in a Kenyan court on Monday charged with smuggling ivory, a judicial official said.

The men were arrested on Sunday carrying ivory products, including 40 chopsticks, six necklaces, bracelets and a pen holder, as well as two pieces of raw ivory weighing 9.6kg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, January 29, 2013

Ben Affleck with his award for 'Argo' at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters

Radio show that staged royal hoax scrapped

29 Jan 2013 - 7:05am

Briefs, January 17, 2013

The Khmer Rouge's Khieu Samphan is ill. Photo: AP

Pakistan accused India of "warmongering" and lodged a protest after another soldier was killed in disputed Kashmir in a flare-up that threatens to derail peace negotiations. Diplomats on both sides have warned against allowing a spate of deadly cross-border incidents to wreck progress made since a total break in relations following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai. 

17 Jan 2013 - 2:19am

Security fears over seized-ivory stockpile

Hong Kong Customs seized a total of 779 pieces of ivory tusk, worth about $10.6 million, inside a container shipped to Hong Kong last week. Photo: Felix Wong

A leading expert on elephant conservation has urged the government to step up security at a top-secret location housing a massive stockpile of elephant ivory. She cited fears it may be targeted by criminal syndicates looking to steal the lucrative contraband known as "white gold".

13 Jan 2013 - 4:15am 2 comments

Donated elephant tusks teach schoolchildren reality of a cruel trade

Christine Cheng Lok-yi cleans a tusk that is part of Belilios Public School's donated collection of smuggled animal parts. Photo: Felix Wong

Pupils at the Belilios Public School in North Point received an unusual gift from the government last year: dozens of illegal items seized by customs, including more than 50kg of ivory.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:56am

Educate public about lethal nature of ivory trade

Customs officicers speak during a press conference regarding seized ivory tusks. Photo: EPA

How many slaughtered African elephants does 1.3 tonnes of ivory tusks represent? It is hard to tell when they are cut into 779 pieces and hidden amid other container cargo. This is the latest ruse employed by smugglers to try to fool Hong Kong customs inspectors on the lookout for an illegal and lethal trade. More than 100 would seem a conservative estimate.

13 Jan 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

Ivory haul from Kenya hidden among stones

Customs officers display 779 ivory tusks found inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Kenya via Malaysia. The haul, disguised as architectural stones, is worth about HK$10.6 million. Officers said the tusks would probably have been shipped out of the city. It is the third huge haul of ivory seized in the city in as many months. Photo: Felix Wong

Ivory smugglers are finding new ways to bring banned elephant tusks into Hong Kong, Customs officials said yesterday as they announced the third largest seizure of raw tusks in three months.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:28am