19 January 2013

Tanzania: Three Suspects in Court to Answer Economic Sabotage Charges

Three people have been taken to the Manyara Resident Magistrate's Court accused of an economic sabotage offence emanating from the killing of an elephants, illegal possession of firearm while hunting in the Tarangire National Park.

Reading the charges in Babati before the Magistrate in Charge, Mr. Rashid Chaungu, the Public Prosecutor, Mr. Linus Bugaba said the suspects committed the offence on August 27, this year.

Bugaba mentioned the suspects as Gidabijo Gidabungeta (35) Resident of Makuyuni, Arusha Region, Mahaya Gidamude (26) and Masanja Bajuta (26) both Residents of Vilima Vitatu Village, Babati District.

In Case No. 21 of 2012 the suspects are alleged to have killed an elephant and extracted the tusks. In Criminal Case No. 441 of 2012 they are alleged to possess a firearm and ammunitions.

The suspects pleaded not guilty and they have been bailed out. The case has been schedule for hearing on January 31, this year.

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