A Tanzanian man has escaped 20 year jail term by paying a fine of Tsh138m for unlawful possession of government trophies.
The man identified as Pili Mohamed Mulla was arrested on October 24, 2016, at his home at Ubaruku Highland Estates in Mbeya District.
Senior Resident Magistrate Michael Mteite, sitting before the Mbeya Resident Magistrate’s Court, convicted Mulla on his own plea after the prosecution, led by State Attorneys Paul Kadushi and Abel Kihaka, had presented the facts of the offence.
The suspect was arrested by the members of the Anti-poaching National Task Force after they received a tip off from informers that he was dealing in government trophies against the law.
The court heard that the accused was found with the government trophies without a permit from the Director of Wildlife.
After the conviction, the magistrate, Michael Mteite sentenced Mulla to the fine, which is ten times the market value of the trophies or the 20-year jail term. Mulla has paid the fine and the court ordered confiscation of the government trophies.