A French woman on Thursday pleaded guilty to the charges of being in illegal possession of ivory trophy and was fined 1 million shillings (about 10,000 U.S. dollars) by a Kenyan court.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Laazibi Amal was arrested on Wednesday while transiting through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from France en route to Dzaoudzi Island in possession of ivory bangle weighing 0.85 grams.
According to KWS spokesperson Paul Udoto, the suspect will serve 12 months imprisonment in default.
“The court allowed her to access the bank in the airport to get the fine or surrender to the court and along with her passport,” Udoto said.
The arrests come after conservationists have decried the entry of organized crime syndicates into the illegal wildlife trade, most notably of rhino horn and elephant ivory, which they said, has created a crisis situation in many African countries. Enditem