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Interpol’s Dubai link in TZ animals scam

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    Hii sakata naona haitaki kuisha, i really dont know how low we as Tanzanians can fall, lakini haki ya mungu bongo kila kitu ni dili tu. Naomba watu wenye info on the ground watu-update basi, yaani bila hii JF kuna mambo mengi yasingelijulikana hata. Sasa kama twiga ni dili, hiyo gesi waliyochimba itatufikisha wapi? kweli sipendi kuona CCM waki-win but what can you do? Dau lishapanda, natabiri ushindi kwa CCM tena by a landslide uchaguzi ujao. This gives new meaning to "for better or worse" Tanzania oyee!

    Monday, 16 July 2012 08:25

    By Mkinga Mkinga, The Citizen Reporter
    Dar es Salaam. The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has said investigations into the smuggling of live wild animals from Tanzania to Pakistan has established a link in Dubai, Saudi Arabia.Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has already interrogated a Pakistani believed to be the mastermind of the smuggling ring behind irregular export of the country’s wild animals, including elephants and lions.

    Sources within Interpol’s Dar es Salaam office said over the weekend that the investigators were now trying to uncover the Dubai link, a process that is likely to take two weeks.

    Initial investigations, said our sources, have established that the Pakistani smuggling suspect had close business associates based in Saudi Arabia. “What the investigators are now trying to do is to establish the link in Dubai,” said the sources

    The Citizen has been informed that investigations have so far implicated some senior Tanzanian government officials who are allegedly working in collusion with the smuggling ring.

    The Dar es Salaam Interpol sources allege that according to their counterparts in Pakistan, some officials within the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism are making the smuggling possible. On June 10, this year, FIA launched the probe in Karachi following a request by Interpol which had been approached by the Tanzanian government.

    “According to reports we have received from Karachi authorities, FIA has made a breakthrough in its investigations,” said the Interpol sources privy to the investigations.

    Last month, the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Khamis Kagasheki, admitted that the government was aware of the investigations that were in progress.

    “We hope for the best out of the investigations,” the minister had told The Citizen.
    Reports from Islamabad said FIA wrote a letter to the heads of the Karachi Zoological Gardens and Safari Park, asking about the “unlawful export” of wild animals from Africa.

    Reports from Islamabad said FIA wrote a letter to the heads of the Karachi Zoological Gardens and Safari Park, asking about the “unlawful export” of wild animals from Africa.

    The National Central Bureau — the local arm of Interpol — asked for complete information on the import of wild animals by a Pakistani national and his Karachi-based company (names withheld).

    The heads of the government-run facilities were asked to submit a report stating whether such wild animals were in Karachi. Interpol also asked about the credentials of the suspect.

    Mr Kagasheki said he could not offer more details as doing so could be taken as interfering with the probe.
    “What we are sure of is that the suspect is a criminal, but let’s allow Interpol to carry out their investigations,” he said, adding that his ministry was closely monitoring that matter.

    According to reports from Islamabad, four elephants arrived from Tanzania in 2009 under an agreement with the now-defunct city district government of Karachi.

    Four lions traceable to Tanzania were confiscated at Karachi Airport by the customs in 2010 because the animals were allegedly brought in on an expired permit.

    Mr Kagasheki said some of the permits the suspects used were forgeries and were the subject of investigation sby the Pakistani government.

    The lions, which arrived from Germany, first landed at Islamabad airport before they were further ferried to Karachi.

    Customs officials found both the importer and the airline that ferried the animals and imposed penalties on them.The animals were declared government property and kept at a zoo sine the wildlife department had no facility to keep them. But the company challenged the verdict and a case has been pending in court for several months.

    Another report said the elephants were sent as a gift to Karachi children from the Tanzanian government. It was not clear whether this claim was verified by the Pakistani authorities.

    Mr Kagasheki, however, dismissed this claim, saying: “Let us wait for the Interpol and Pakistani’s security organs to complete their investigations.” In August last year, MPs pressured the government to return 132 live animals and birds that were smuggled out of the country in 2010.

    In response to the MPs’ pressure, the government announced a one-year ban on licences for export of live animals.
    Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said then that measures would be taken to plug loopholes that made smuggling of live wild animals possible.

    In a related development, the then Natural Resources and Tourism minister Ezekiel Maige suspended the director of Wildlife, Mr Obeid Mbangwa, to pave the way for investigations into the smuggling of 116 and 16 live animals and birds respectively.

    Government sources had told The Citizen that there were 180 firms licensed to export live animals.

    It was revealed that 116 live animals, including four giraffes, were smuggled out of the country on November 24, last year, aboard a Qatari cargo plane through Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Mr Pinda told the august House that a review would be made on the type of animals that could be exported, export procedures and rates of tariffs that exporters would have to pay.





    Halafu check this out, its an article from back in june sijui ni mtu yule yule ama?


    10th June, 2012 0
    KARACHI, June 9: The Federal Investigation Agency in Karachi is completing its investigation into the alleged smuggling of wild animals into Pakistan though there has been no input from the Karachi Municipal Corporation, which is running facilities for captive wild animals in the city, sources told Dawn on Saturday.

    They said the KMC administrator had not yet responded to the FIA’s letter and reminders sent twice on the subject.

    KMC administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed was not available for comments.

    The FIA probe was initiated on a request by Interpol, which had been approached by the Tanzanian government. Subsequently, the FIA, Karachi, had written a letter to the heads of the Karachi Zoological Gardens and Safari Park more than two months ago.

    The letter, with the subject ‘Investigation of unlawful exportation of government trophies’, stated that the National Central Bureau (the local arm of Interpol), Interpol and the FIA, Islamabad, had asked for the provision of complete information about import of wild animals by Irfan Ahmed, proprietor of Osaka Traders Ltd, Karachi, as the company was alleged to have smuggled several wild animals from Tanzania into Pakistan.

    The sources said the relevant heads of the government-run facilities for keeping wild animals had also been asked to submit a detailed report with supporting documents stating whether the wild animals were at the Karachi zoo and Safari Park.

    The information required by Interpol included details about the credentials of Mr Ahmed.

    According to sources, the zoo director replied to the FIA letter saying that the zoo never had an official agreement with Osaka Traders whereas the lions brought by the company were the property of Sindh wildlife department. Regarding the four elephants, the director stated that they were bought by the Safari Park.

    The Safari Park director had forwarded the matter to the KMC administrator.

    The FIA, according to a source, had contacted different departments, including the customs and Sindh wildlife department, and it was confirmed that Irfan Ahmed was a Pakistani animal importer. Officials had also relied on the information that had appeared in the press.

    Four elephants and as many lions housed in the zoo and Safari Park had been ‘imported’ by Osaka Traders. The elephants reportedly arrived from Tanzania in 2009 under an agreement with the defunct city district government of Karachi (CDGK), while the lions were confiscated at Karachi airport by the customs in 2010 as the animals were allegedly brought in on an expired permit.

    The lions, which arrived from Germany, first landed at Islamabad airport and then at Karachi. The customs after an investigation found both the ‘importer’ and the national flag carrier guilty and imposed penalties on them while the animals were declared a government property and kept at the zoo as the wildlife department had no facility to keep wild animals.

    The company, however, challenged the verdict and a case has been pending trial for the past many months.

    About the elephants, it was reported in the media that the CDGK had awarded a contract for two Asian elephants at Rs99.99 million each — though it eventually bought four of them — and changed the species from Asian to African at the behest of the contractor in violation of the Sindh Public Procurement Rules, which say no changes can be made after a contract has been awarded and if a change has to be done, it should be re-advertised.

    Besides, there were reports that the Tanzanian government had gifted the elephants for the children of Karachi.

    The local government minister, though, had cleared the city government of any misconduct in Jan
     
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