The State Attorney and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife vs FEUSSI Andre

Country
Territorial subdivision
Seat of court
Bertoua
Court jurisdiction
Date of opinion
2018
Abstract

The accused, Feussi Andre was arrested for the illegal killing of totally protected species (Giant pangolins). On this ground, he was prosecuted before the Court of First Instance Abong Mbang. At the said court, he benefitted from mitigating circumstances as requested and was sentenced to pay the sum of 50.000 XAF for fines, and 1.000.000 XAF for civil damages contrary to provisions of the wildlife law regarding killing and trafficking of totally protected animal species. Dissatisfied with this judgement, the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife filed an appeal for the judgement of the lower court to be reviewed as per provisions of the 1994 wildlife law. It was based on this this case was admitted and enrolled before the Court of Appeal, East.

Language of document
French
Reference number
No. 035/COR
Charges
Illegal killing of totally protected animal species (Giant ground pangolin).
Money value
Unknown
Transnational
No
Decision
The Court of Appeal acknowledged the grounds of appeal reviewed the civil damages awarded. The court further confirmed the guilt of the accused of the accused and reviewed the civil damages awarded by the lower court. He was sentenced to 132.000 XAF for costs. The initial civil damages of 1.000.000 XAF awarded at the lower court was increased to 35.587.000 XAF, to pay to the state of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Appealed
No
Penalty
The initial civil damages of 1.000.000 XAF awarded at the lower court was increased to 35.587.000 XAF, to pay to the state of Cameroon represented by 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. 78, 98, 150, 158