Three suspects were on Monday arraigned before Jomo Kenyatta International Aiport law court for alleged illegal exporting safari ants to France.
Martin Nyota,Rose Wairimu and Eunice Muthoni charged with offence of dealing in live Wildlife species, an offence against the section 95(b) of the widelife conservation and management Act 2013
According to the prosecution document seen by GhettoRadio,the trio were nabbed at the JKIA departure terminus with species of safari ants of street value of ksh 300000 without a permit from the Kenya Wildlife Services.
“That on 2nd-19 June were jointly found dealing with with life species of messor cephalates( safari ants) at the JKIA without a permit.” The document reads in parts
On another count,Rose Wairimu Karanja, 32 year old was charged with an offence of concealing prohibited goods contrary to section 200 of the East Africa Community Customs Management Act 2004.
The court document states that between 1st June to 19th June 2023 Rose Wairimu at JKIA within Nairobi County consealed by mis-declaring prohibited goods (safari ants) which were declared as a handcrafted plastics and wooden jewellery with intent to export from Kenya to France
“You were found in possession of messor cephalates ( safari ants) which were concealed in wooden jewellery (as declared) under waybill number 125622605.” Charge sheet further reads.
The accused persons however jointly denied culpability of the offence before JKIA Law Court chief magistrate Njoki Thuku,
The magistrate directed the first accused person be released on ksh 100000 bond and one surerity and co accused on ksh 50000 cash bail pending mention on Tuesday 4th July 2023
By Rodgers Oduor