Prince William praises sentence handed to wildlife trafficker amid Anton Mzimba murder

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  • Moazu Kromah, who trafficked millions in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, has been sentenced to over five years in prison.
  • Prince William said the sentence was a "significant victory and a landmark case".
  • The royal recently spoke out about the murder of ranger Anton Mzimba who is thought to have been a target of a syndicate opposed to his anti-poaching efforts.
  • "Those responsible must swiftly be brought to justice," the Duke of Cambridge said.

Prince William has released a statement praising a 63-month sentence handed to Moazu Kromah who trafficked millions in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory.

"Today's sentencing demonstrates both what is possible when a coordinated international response is brought to bear against the illegal wildlife trade, and why it is essential.

"This is a significant victory and a landmark case. For over a decade, its complexity has been skillfully met by a global alliance of international law enforcement agencies, governments, NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and private sector organisations, including a number of brilliant United for Wildlife partners."

The Duke of Cambridge added that the outcome is "further proof that we have the tools to combat this insidious crime and is testament to the power of international collaboration".

"Thanks to their perseverance, hundreds of endangered animals and the communities that live alongside them have been protected, sending the strongest possible message that together we can defeat the illegal wildlife trade."

William's statement comes as the search for three men involved in the murder of game ranger Anton Mzimba continues.

Mzimba was shot and killed at his home in Edinburgh Trust, in Mpumalanga. His wife was also injured in the attack.

No arrests have been made as yet, while there have been claims Mzimba was the target of a syndicate opposed to his anti-poaching efforts.

The royal, who previously met Mzimba via Zoom last year, said following news of his death: "I'm deeply saddened to learn of the killing of Anton Mzimba who I spoke to in November. Committed and brave, rangers like Anton are central to the conservation of Africa's fantastic wildlife. Those responsible must swiftly be brought to justice."    

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