Trader jailed for offering to sell elephant tusks and rhino horns

10/11/2017

An illegal trader who offered to sell elephant tusks, rhino horns, and hippopotamus teeth has been jailed for a total of 14 months after breaking wildlife protection laws.

Abbas Allawi, 52, marketed the items for sale "cash only" on Instagram at £60,000 per kilogramme. It was estimated he would have made more than £1m from the sales.

He was sentenced for six wildlife offences yesterday (9 November) at Harrow Crown Court. A raid on his home had found the horns, tusks and teeth in the loft.

Peter Nugent, of CPS London North, said: "Abbas Allawi stood to make significant sums trading in ivory and tusks despite knowing it was illegal.

"He tried to claim ignorance of the law but the prosecution case was able to show through his messages to potential buyers that he knew full well he was trading in what he described as "banned things".

"If you break laws controlling the sale of items linked to endangered species the CPS will work with the police to present a strong case in court, to make sure offenders face the consequences of their crimes."

Notes to editors:

Abbas Allawi [DOB 02/02/1965] of Gisburne Way, Watford, admitted:
1 - keeping or offering for sale three rhinoceros horns on or before 19 September 2016 14 months imprisonment
2 - keeping or offering for sale two elephant tusks on or before 19 September 2016 7 months imprisonment concurrent
3 - keeping or offering for sale four hippopotamus teeth on or before 19 September 2016 3 months imprisonment concurrent
4 - offering for sale elephant ivory 7 months imprisonment concurrent
5 - offering for sale rhinoceros horns on or before 16 August 2016 14 months imprisonment concurrent
6 - offering to buy rhinoceros horns on or before 25 August 2016 14 months imprisonment concurrent
A charge of possessing criminal property namely elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and hippopotamus teeth knowing or suspecting it to constitute a person’s benefit from criminal conduct was left to lie on file.