ZIMBABWE MAN GETS 15 YEARS FOR POISONING ELEPHANTS

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HARARE: A Zimbabwe court on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) sentenced a poacher to more than 15 years in prison for poisoning and killing elephants with cyanide, the fourth such conviction in the country in a month. The court in the western town of Hwange also found Akim Masuku, 26, guilty of illegal possession of ivory, handing down a total jail term of 15-and-a-half years, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority said in a statement. The accused still faces separate charges for cyanide possession and for contravening environmental laws, wildlife officials said. The case comes a day after the Parks and Wildlife Authority said 100 elephants had been killed by cyanide for their ivory in a single national park in just over a month.

AFP

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