The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs. ASSOUMOU MVE Romain, MENGUE MINTSA Gaspard, EDJANG ASSOUM Thomas de la Joie

Country
Territorial subdivision
Type of court
Seat of court
Kribi
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion
2013
Abstract

The accused persons all acting in concertation, entered the Campo Ma’an national park in Oveng for a hunting party. There, they were arrested by forestry and wildlife agents in possession of carcasses of protected animal species, including two black Bay duikers, a blue Bay duiker, a porcupine and a mustac. At the same time without legally required authorization, ASSOUMOU MVE Romain and EDJANG ASSOUM Thomas were found in possession of a machete while MENGUE MINTSA Gaspard illegally possessed a hunting gun and seven ammunitions. ASSOUMOU declared that he resides near the park and like the two other accused persons, he is threatened by the animals of the park which destroy his crops. That he complained without solution thus he laid the traps that caught two porcupines and two hares. During interrogations, they acknowledged committing the offence as charged and pleaded guilty . At the close of interrogations, they were transmitted before the State Attorney for prosecution.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 540/COR
Charges
Illegal possession of protected animal species (carcasses ) and illegal possession of a hunting gun.
Transnational
No
Decision
ASSOUMOU MVE Romain, EDJANG ASSOUM Thomas de la joie and MENGUE MINTSA Gaspard were found guilty of illegal possession of carcasses of protected animal species. MENGUE MINTSA Gaspard was found guilty of illegal possession of a hunting gun.
Appealed
No
Penalty
ASSOUMOU MVE Romain was sentenced to four (04) months suspended imprisonment term, MENGUE MINTSA Gaspard was sentenced to six (06) months suspended imprisonment term, EDJANG ASSOUM was sentenced to six (06) months suspended imprisonment term all within three (03) years, and to all pay 30.750 XAF for costs.
Legislation cited
Law No. 94-01 of 20th January 1994 to lay down forestry, fisheries and wildlife regulations, secs. 98, 137
Penal Code, secs. 74, 237