The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs. AKO MENDO’O Gervais Aristide

Country
Territorial subdivision
Type of court
Seat of court
Djoum
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion
2019
Abstract

On the 5 September 2017, elements of the forestry and wildlife control post of Djoum carried out investigations on poaching activities. This led to the arrest of the accused flagrante delicto with a Chimpanzee in attempt to sell it. During interrogations, he admitted that during a hunting activity, a female chimpanzee missed bullet and took to chase leaving behind its baby chimpanzee. He took the baby chimpanzee to sell. He stated that the two individuals proposed the sum of 80.000XAF to him and they accepted to meet in a hotel for the transaction. That was where he was arrested. they all pleaded guilty and admitted to committing the offence as charged. At the close of interrogations, he was transmitted before the State Attorney for prosecution.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 101/COR
Charges
Illegal hunting without permit, Illegal detention of hunting guns and illegal detention and circulation of trophies of totally protected class A species.
Species
Transnational
No
Decision
He was found guilty of all counts. He was sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment term within three years, to pay 100.850 XAF for fines and costs, and 490.000 XAF for civil damages to the State of Cameroon through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Appealed
No
Penalty
He was sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment term within three years, to pay 100.850 XAF for fines and costs, and 490.000 XAF for civil damages to the State of Cameroon through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Legislation cited
Law No 94-01 of 20th January 1994 to lay down forestry, fisheries and wildlife regulations, secs. and sections 87, 98, 101, 155 (9), and 158 (8)
Penal Code, secs. 74, 96, 97, and 237