What an idiot! Caught in Livingstone with ivory! Ben Simasiku was on a wanted list but clearly didn’t take it seriously. Now he’ll be deported to Botswana to face trial for other more serious ivory crimes. Ben is one of a large number of people who are on INTERPOL’s list of wildlife criminals and who are aren’t taking their wanted status seriously. Ben is starting to take it seriously. And hopefully will have many years ahead of him to take it even more seriously.

INTERPOL appreciates information from the public relating to environmental criminals of significance. Check the website for details.

INTERPOL are after professional nasties like Ben.

If you travel it is very likely that you will encounter individuals engaged in wildlife crime – selling stuffed sea turtles, corals, exotic pets or wood, shells, skins and so on. Don’t bother INTERPOL with this sort of thing. If you are concerned and something strikes you as unlawful take a discrete photo and inform the local police and/or domestic NGOs, the local press, letter to the Post Bag. There is always social media, too. Name, shame and inform.

You may not be a policeman, or an INTERPOL, but you have eyes, ears, and the power to prevent wrong doing. It takes a bit of guts and bravery, not a lot, mainly energy, but my feeling is that if lots of people make even a little effort we can make significant steps to eradicate the ongoing and destructive abuse of what we have and what we are about to lose if we do nothing.

Real bastards like Ben? INTERPOL!

But only serious information, ladies and gentlemen! Nothing frivolous!

Over to INTERPOL and let’s have a look at Ben. The scumbag. He is reaping what he has sowed. And it’s been a bloody harvest.

From: INTERPOL Environmental Security Sub-Directorate [mailto:environmentalcrime@interpol.int]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:33 PM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: Suspected illegal ivory trader targeted in INTERPOL operation arrested in Zambia

Dear Colleagues,
Please find below the latest press release issued by INTERPOL. Other language versions will be published on the INTERPOL website as they become available.
Best regards,

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