Tusks were court evidence, say Thai officials

A Thai customs officer inspects elephant tusks in Bangkok on Monday. An inter-agency team has been formed to investigate whether part of the ivory seized in Thailand a few days ago was evidence stolen from Kenyan courts and reshipped to Bangkok. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL | AFP

What you need to know:

  • “Most of them were the tusks earlier seized and sent back to their origins in Africa whereas some were those having been kept as evidence in some countries,” said Gen Dapong.
  • “Ivory is being stolen from the courtrooms. There is a lot of corruption, and many government officers are involved in facilitating the traffickers,” she stated.
  • KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said the corporation would be ascertaining the origin of the ivory: “This week we should be able to have investigated and established that court case evidence is being stolen and resold as claimed or not”.

Part of the massive ivory haul seized in Thailand was prosecution evidence stolen from Kenyan courts and reshipped to Bangkok.

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