Sweet freedom:Abusinessman jailed over Sh44m ivory cache freed by court

Sweet freedom:Abusinessman jailed over Sh44m ivory cache freed by court

BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,3RD AUG 2018-Feisal Mohammed a business who had been convicted of possessing ivory valued at Sh44 million has been freed by a high court in Mombasa. The court on Friday set aside a 20-year jail term handed to Feisal.

While making the ruling in a pact court session,Justice Dorah Chepkwony  termed the sentence as unconstitutional under and freed Mr Mohammed who had appealed his conviction.

The judge said  that the sentence was severe and that the prosecution failed to prove that Mr Mohammed was the owner of the ivory or was engaged in trafficking the trophies.

She added that  the prosecution’s case had alarming gaps and left the court with many unanswered questions.

She faulted the trial court for proceeding to convict and sentence the appellant on circumstantial evidence which was not proved and did not point to his guilt.

Justice Chepkwony said the evidence tabled by the prosecution was weak and had glaring loopholes regarding the real owner of the ivory.

The judge questioned why two watchmen and a cleaner who were working at Fuji Motors where the ivory was recovered were not called to testify in the matter.

However the prosecution  says it will proceed to  appeal over the judgement.

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