It is reported that nine men, including two Tanzanians, have been convicted and sentenced to 16 years behind bars by the Sofala Province Magistrates’ Judicial Court for illegal possession of poached items and firearms in the city of Beira, Mozambique.
According to the case materials, the nine were illegally hunting on the protected by the law species in the Gorongosa National Park, Sofala province, Mozambique.
The defendants are said to have been arrested in June 2019 as they were found in possession of nine protected animals. During the detention, a number of homemade firearms including rifles were confiscated.
Judge Martinho Muchiguere confirmed the initial court verdict implied a 20-year sentence for each of the criminals. However, the poachers had cooperated with the investigators and pleaded guilty what was considered by the Court as extenuating circumstances, so the Magistrates reduced the sentences to 16 years in prison.