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Soldier nabbed for Pangolin possession

A Malawi Defense Force-MDF soldier is in police custody for the illegal possession of a live pangolin, which is a protected animal.

The soldier identified as Manson Musokwa was arrested in Salima as he was planning to sell it.

The arrest follows a joint operation between the police and officers from the wildlife crime investigations unit, after receiving a tip.

They intercepted Musokwa’s vehicle and recovered the live pangolin.

Musokwa who hails from Chitipa district is expected to appear in court to answer charges of illegal possession a protected species.

This is just one of the numerous arrests on the illegal possession and sale of pangolins involving Malawians and Chinese nationals.

Of late, people have been hunting the endangered animal, with the aim of making money as it reportedly fetches millions.

The arrest also comes at a time laws on wildlife crimes in the country are being tightened, where more arrests are being made and penalties being mated out.

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