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Uganda hunts for suspects over smuggling of ivory, pangolin scales

Uganda’s tax body on Friday said its hunting for suspects over smuggling of ivory and pangolin scales, worth about 3.5 million U.S. dollars.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said in a public notice issued here that the 18 Vietnamese nationals are wanted in connection to the ongoing investigations of a case of smuggling and possession of 762 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales.

“The hunt is on for these persons in connection to the case of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods (Ivory and Pangolin Scales),” said URA in a notice.

“We appeal to anyone with information leading to their arrest to contact the customs intelligence unit. Rewards await,” it said.

At least three Vietnamese nationals on Thursday appeared before anti-corruption court in the capital Kampala over illegal possession of the said ivory and pangolin scales concealed in timber and loaded in three truck containers.

The accused persons were charged with three counts of possession of prohibited wildlife spices and conspiracy to commit a felony, contrary to the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

The east African country authorities normally impound ivory at its border entry points. Enditem

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