On the 28 February 2017, the Court of First instance of Batouri found HAMADOU MOUSSA BLAIRE guilty of illegal killing of totally protected species, illegal detention, circulation and commercilization of totally protected animal species trophies and he was sentenced to three months imprisonment terms and to pay 50,650 XAF for cost after he benefited from mitigating circumstances for his confessions. The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, filed an appeal against the said judgement as it was not deterrent and because the civil damages were not awarded to the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
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Illegal killing of totally protected animal species (Giant Ground Pangolins) and illegal detention, circulation and commercialization of trophies of totally protected animal species (Pangolin scales).
The court admitted the appeal filed by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and restated on the civil damages awarded.
The accused was sentenced to pay 89.689 XAF for costs and 3.295.000 XAF as damages to the State of Cameroon represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Criminal Procedure Code, secs. 338, 359