Aussie journo traps Ivory dealers
15 May 2018
The trial of illegal ivory dealers who were found with ivory worth $27 797 failed to kick off yesterday after their lawyers applied for some documents to be released by the State.
“The applicants would need to be furnished with the Visa and work permit issued to Steirn authorising him to operate as a photojournalist” read part of the application.
Adrian Steirn is the Australian journalist who entered into the country as a tourist and sold out the duo of illegal ivory dealers to the police after pretending to be a potential dealer.
Francesca Mukumbiri represented the State while Messers Gift Mutisi and Steady Kachere appeared on behalf of the duo Tafadzwa Pamire who was the driver and Faricken Madzinga.
The matter was remanded to May 31.
It is the State’s case that Steirn met one Lloyd Marumbi in the lower Zambezi Valley while doing his wildlife photography who then alerted him of poaching crimes going on in Zimbabwe.
Marumbi is said have given Steirn inside information of how ivory poachers would take ivory tusks to a certain house in Avonlea.
Out of interest Steirn began investigating how the poachers operated and in the process he met Leonard Makunike and acted as an ivory buyer.
Makunike is alleged to have then introduced Steirn to Madzinga who advised him that he could provide the tusks he had got through poaching but did not disclose where the tusks had been poached from.
Stein alerted the police about their arrangements.
After planning, on February 15, Steirn met Madzinga and Pamire at Holiday Inn before they proceeded to Highfield grounds where they would complete transactions.
According to the State, the police detectives emerged and the two were arrested before six tusks were found.