The accused Abdalah Hamis (30) and Adam Kawambwa (35) appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate, Augustine Rwezile.
State Attorney, Candid Nasua told the court that the accused committed the offence in February 11, 2019 at Chanika kwa Zoo in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam Region.
In the first count, the accused were found in possession of government trophies (47 pieces of elephant tusks) worth 1,081,357,500/-. The tusks belong to the director of wildlife department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
Nasua stated that on the particular date, the accused smuggled the elephant tusks while knowing it is a criminal offence.
The accused were not allowed to enter any plea because Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court has no jurisdiction to hear the case .
Their case will be referred to the High Court of Tanzania’s Economic, Corruption and Organized Crime Division after completion of investigations.
The accused were remanded until March 25th 2019 when their case will come up for mention.