Malawian man Kingston Phiri was convicted and sentenced to serve six years in prison in default of paying K1 million fine after being found guilty by Lilongwe Magistrate Court in Friday for illegal possession of ivory.
Phiri, who was arrested at Kamuzu International Airport on April 7 in possession of 74kg of ivory set for China export.
But the 34-year-old man of Balaka escaped imprisonment after paying the fine.
Director of Wildlife Brighton Chinthere applauded the Police for apprehending the culprit saying illicit ivory trade was a serious offence.
Chinthere said poaching for ivory threatened the already low population of elephants.
“Malawi has low population of elephants and for people to poach them for ivory poses danger to them to extinction,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :