The appellants were arrested following information that they were in possession of buffalo meat. The appellants disputed any knowledge about the meat affirming they had no license for hunting. They were found in the house where the meat was because they took rest for the night. The meat belonged to the landlord and the appellants alleged that the landlord gave bribe to the police of Tshs. 150,000 that is why he was not charged. The appellants were convicted for alleged being found jointly in possession of government trophies of buffalo and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. There was no corroborated evidence apart from that given by policemen. Appeal allowed, convictions quashed and sentences set aside. The Court ordered immediate release of the appellants from prison.
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No. 02 & 03 of 2007
(1) unlawful possession of government trophy, (2) unlawful hunting of scheduled animal.
Appeal allowed, convictions quashed and sentences set aside. Order immediate release from prison.
Wildlife Conservation Act 1974 as amended by No. 10 of 1989
Economic and Organized Crime Control Act 1984