URA grabs ‘Egyptian embassy official’ with ivory

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Mohamed Hussein Elhusseiny

Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] enforcement team has arrested a suspected Egyptian illegal ivory dealer.

The tax body said its enforcement team working on intelligence busted Mohamed Hussein Elhusseiny with six pieces of ivory and five ivory cut offs in his home.

“The suspect nabbed with ivory, Mohamed H Elhusseiny, claimed to be an employee of the Egyptian Embassy presenting a diplomatic ID,” URA said in a social media statement.

Mohamed H Elhusseiny,

 

It added: “Ivory is a restricted good possession of which is against the law. C/s 200(d) (ii) EACCMA, 2004.”

In 2013, URA enforcement officials raided a customs warehouse in Kazinga, Wakiso District and seized contraband of ivory destined for China worth Shs6.2 billion.

The undeclared merchandise, according to officials, comprised of 832 pieces of the elephant tusks, both fresh and old in outlook, belonging to a one Owino Odhiambo, reportedly a businessman in Kenya.

The ivory had been packed in groups of four and five, and fitted in over 150 sacks containing shredded plastic materials in transit to Mombasa port for “recycling” and export.

In 2014, Uganda Wildlife Authority boss, Dr Andrew Seguya, was sent on leave to pave way for the ongoing investigations into the missing stock/1,355kgs of ivory from the Authority’s strong room.

The United Nations in June that year raised a red flag about ivory seizures in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which it said accounted for 80 percent of what was seized around the world.

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