The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs MVOMO Arsène Brice, OYANE MVONDO Pierre Aimé, EKOO EVINA Gédéon Delors, MBALLA MESSI Kilian.

Country
Territorial subdivision
Type of court
Seat of court
Djoum
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion
2016
Abstract

On the 12 October 2015, during a mission of ecological monitoring in the Dja biosphere reserve, a team of ecoguards caught red-handed four persons (MVOMO Arsene Brice, OYANE MVONDO Pierre Aimé, EKOO EVINA Gédéon Delors, MBALLA MESSI Kilian) the fifth person who was not identified escaped. They were arrested in possession of wildlife fauna products: Smoked parts of Chimpanzee, 20 water Chevrotain parts, 10 giant Ground Pangolin parts, 13 bush pig part, 42 Peter’s and harvey’s Duiker, 6 Blue Duiker and others animals. They did not have any legal documents authorizing them to do such activities. During the interrogation, EKOO EVINA Gédéon Delors denied the facts and alleged that on the same day, his brother-in-law (Emma) asked him to go Alop village to transport a sick person in his vehicle. He went with Emma, MVOMO Arsene Brice and on the road the picted MBALLA MESSI Kilian and OYANE MVONDO Pierre Aimé up. It is at their arrival in the said village that Emma, told them that it was not to carry a sick person but to carry bush meat that they were solicited. When they started to carry the bush meat, the ecoguards arrived and Emma, succeeded to escape with his gun and they were arrested. The producte seized were sold during a public auction. After interrogations, they were all transmitted to the State Attorney for prosecution.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 33/COR
Charges
Illegal detention of trophies of totally protected animal species (Chimpanzee, Water Chevrotain, Giant Pangolin, Bush Pig, Peter’s and Harvey’s Duiker, Blue Duiker). Illegal killing of protected animal species of classes A and B in coaction.
Transnational
No
Decision
The accused were found guilty of the illegal killing of protected animal species of classes A & B (Chimpanzee, water Chevrotain, giant Ground Pangolin, bush pig, Peter’s and harvey’s Duiker, Blue Duiker). OYANE MVONDO Pierre Aimé and MBALLA MESSI Kilian were sentenced to five (5) months imprisonment, while MVOMO Arsène Brice and EKOO EVINA Gédéon Delors were sentenced to suspended imprisonment terms of one (1) and two (2) years respectively within three (3) years. In addition, all the 4 accused persons were condemned to pay 66,600 XAF for costs and 1,000,000 XAF as damages to the State of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Appealed
No
Penalty
OYANE MVONDO Pierre Aimé and MBALLA MESSI Kilian were sentenced to five (5) months imprisonment, while MVOMO Arsène Brice and EKOO EVINA Gédéon Delors were sentenced to suspended imprisonment terms of one (1) and two (2) years respectively within three (3) years. In addition, all the 4 accused persons were condemned to pay 66,600 XAF for costs and 1,000,000 XAF as damages to the State of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.