The accused jointly on the 30th March, 2011 at Osunyani Street Ngusero area within the municipality, District and region of Arusha were found in possession of three live cheetahs, the property of Tanzania government, without a valid licence from the authorized authority. During the trial, the accused persons alleged that the live cheetahs were found in one of the rooms in the house which they have rented. The room which the animals were found in a room which was not connected to the main house. The accused person denied knowing the owner of the cheetahs. The accused persons were not guilty with respect to count 1, 2 and 3. They were found guilty on count 4.
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No 04 of 2011
(1) unlawful possession of the government trophies(2) unlawful dealing in trophies, (3) unlawful capture of animals, (4) failure to report possession of government trophies.
Conviction of the fourth count, acquittal on the first, second and third count.
(1), (2), (3) acquittal and (4) each: 18 months imprisonment or fine of Tshs. 100,000.
Court cases cited
Mahubhai Hira vs. The Crown (1945) ZLR
Wildlife Conservation Act, Cap. 283 R.E. 2002
Economic and Organised Crime Control Act, Cap. 200 R.E. 2002