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DPP blocks release of teacher linked to Thai ivory trafficking

28 May 2015, 11:02 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The director of pubic prosecution (DPP) is set to block the release of a primary school teacher charged with the trafficking of ivory to Singapore.

Through the assistant director of public prosecution Alexander Muteti, the DPP submitted that there was sufficient reasons for the accused, Patience Kahindi to be held in police custody.

Muteti prayed the court for more time to enable the police to complete their investigation and arrest three other accomplices who were still at large.

He said it was in the interest of the people that those found sabotaging the Kenyan tourism industry be dealt with accordingly.

Muteti argued that Kenya is bound by international treaties and that it had an obligation to ensure that the accused persons and those at large are found and not let loose until justice is done.

Read Also: Singapore nets ivory worth KES 570M from Kenya

“Article 18 of the trans-international organized crime treaty is meant to be observed by the three countries where the crime happened; Kenya, Singapore and Thailand,” said Muteti.

Kahindi in her defense informed the court that she is teacher and has never left her working station to engage in any illegal business.

“I pray this court to conduct any investigation through the TSC in Ganze within Kilifi County to ascertain the allegation leveled against me,” said Kahindi.

The accused had denied charges of trafficking 511 pieces of ivory from Kenya to Thailand without a permit between March 15 and April 26.

Kahindi is the 9th suspect to be arrested in connection with the trafficking of ivory to Thailand, while three other prime suspects are still at large.

The case will be heard on July 5, 2015.

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