Kenyan ivory smuggler jailed for 20 years in landmark ruling

A Kenyan court handed a 20-year prison sentence to a man who was found possessing more than 300 elephant tusks in what’s seen as a landmark ruling in the East African nation’s fight against poaching.

Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache said in her ruling late Friday that there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to convict Feisal Ali Mohammed, who was on Interpol’s most-wanted list for crimes against the environment. The ivory was discovered in a warehouse in the port city of Mombasa in 2014. Feisal escaped arrest during the raid but was arrested later that year in neighboring Tanzania.

Feisal’s lawyers said they would appeal the sentence. Four other defendants were acquitted.