The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs. SEUMO KENGNE Mikel

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

On the 10 August 2016 in MENDOUM, the accused SEUMO KENGNE Mikel was brought before the court of First Instance, Djoum to answer charges of detention and circulation of a totally protected class A animal species. During a routine check, a team of eco-guards surprised individuals in a vehicle in which they found a giant pangolin, even though both the driver and the occupants managed to get away. The vehicle was taken to the eco-guards control post in Djoum and the accused later on presented himself to claim it, asserting he previously lend the vehicle to a friend without asking what he intends to use it for. During trial, the court considered that there was sufficient evidence for the accused to present his defence, offered him the three options provided for in Article 366 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the consequences of each of them. The accused SEUMO KENGNE Mikel chose to be examined as a sworn witness and was subjected to this formality. According to his testimony under oath, on the 11 August 2016 he gave his brother’s vehicle to a friend called “GUIZO”. On his way to the training centre in Djoum on a motorbike, he saw the same vehicle with three eco-guards driving it to their base. He later on called his friend who pretended he is returning from MBOUMA. At the time of the control check, there were two individuals with luggage and the eco-guards found a giant pangolin in the bags of these passengers who fled at the same time as ” Guizo”. The accused went to the station the next day and was told that the vehicle was seized. Since then he hasn't seen his friend again, whose exact identity he doesn't know. At the close of interrogations by the eco-guards, the accused was transmitted alongside the seized items before the State Attorney for prosecution.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 268/COR
Charges
Detention and circulation of class A totally protected animal species.
Transnational
No
Decision
The accused SEUMO KENGNE Mikel was found not guilty, was discharged and acquitted.
Appealed
No
Penalty
None.
Legislation cited
Law No. 94/01 of 20 January 1994 to lay down forestry, wildlife and fisheries regulations