Yang Fenlan, condamnée à 15 ans de prison — Tanzanie

22 Février, 2019, 07:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Yang Feng Glan alias la “reine de l’ivoire” est escortée vers un tribunal de Dar Es-Salaam le 19 février 2019

La Tanzanie a condamné Yang Fenglan, une femme d'affaires chinoise surnommée la "reine d'ivoire", à 15 ans de prison pour trafic de centaines de défenses d'éléphants. "Cette condamnation, a réagi Krissie Clark, de la Fondation PAMS, interrogée par CNN, est la preuve que plus personne en Tanzanie n'est au-dessus des lois".

Certains défenseurs de la faune sauvage ont salué son arrestation comme "la plus importante " de ces dernières années en Afrique de l'Est dans la lutte contre le trafic de l'ivoire. Les mêmes souhaitaient alors que "des officiels corrompus" soient également traduits en justice.

Les deux autres complices tanzaniens ont également été emprisonnés pour 15 ans pour des charges similaires.

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Yang Fenglan lors de son arrivée au tribunal Kisutu, en Tanzanie, le 19 février 2019. Elle se trouvait alors à la tête de plusieurs restaurants dans la capitale économique du pays, Dar es Salaam. 860 pièces, soit plusieurs tonnes dont la valeur est estimée à 5,6 millions de dollars, selon l'agence Reuters.

Le commerce illicite est alimenté par la demande de la Chine et de l'Asie de l'Est, où l'ivoire est utilisé pour fabriquer des bijoux et des ornements.

"Le braconnage lié au commerce de l'ivoire est à l'origine d'un déclin de 20 % de la population des éléphants d'Afrique au cours de la décennie écoulée", rappelle la BBC.

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