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Madagascar: A special tribunal to prosecute rosewood traffickers in the Island

The Malagasy Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo, recently reaffirmed its willingness to the fight against corruption and trafficking that plagues the Island.

Concerning rosewood trafficking, the tenant of the palace of Mahazoarivo has expressed the establishment of a special tribunal to judge those responsible who are illegally engaged in this traffic in Madagascar. "This court will be implemented by a month and a half or two months," said Jean Ravelonarivo.
As a reminder, 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 sold at around 500 dollars (462 euros).
The Malagasy authorities want to in particular seek support to fight against this traffic on the order of 8 August 2011, which severely punishes those involved in the illegal trade in rosewood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
A decree promulgated on March 31, 2010 Madagascar prohibits the logging and trade of rosewood and ebony.


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