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Kenya | Four senior politicians implicated in wildlife trafficking scheme; investigation continues

NAIROBI — Kenyan police have linked four senior politicians to wildlife poaching and trafficking in alleged schemes to fund their election campaigns. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), a branch of the Kenya Police Service, has been investigating the politicians since soon after the country’s August 8 elections, prompted by testimony from a foreign trafficking suspect who was already in police custody.

John Kihara, the investigation’s lead officer with the CID, said evidence includes phone logs and bank transfer records linking the politicians to other trafficking suspects, some of whom are serving prison sentences or in police custody. Mobile cash communication records show large cash transfers with other suspects, suggesting a correlation in their crimes, he said. GPS data obtained from mobile service providers show that the accused politicians have met with several other suspects, some of them international criminals on the run, according to Kihara.


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