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Madagascar: 10 years of imprisonment for rosewood traffickers in the Island

The Malagasy Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo, recently reaffirmed its willingness to frontally fight against rosewood trafficking that has plagued the Island.
The tenant of the palace of Mahazoarivo has thus expressed that the new special court of Natural Resources responsible of judging those who are engage in illegal trafficking in Madagascar will become operational before the end of June 2015.
The rosewood cutting shall thus be severely condemned on the Malagasy soil with a contemplated sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and accompanied by significant fines for traffickers and other barons of traffic.
On a reminder note, rosewood, a protected species in danger of extinction, is at the heart of a prohibited traffic destined for Asia. Traffickers exploit a lucrative black market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold around 500 dollars (459 euros).
In order to fight against this traffic, the Malagasy authorities want to in particular rely on the order of 8 August 2011, which severely punishes people involved in the illegal trade in rosewood.
A decree promulgated on March 31, 2010 Madagascar prohibits logging and trade of rosewood as well as ebony.


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