Congo ‘butcher’ who killed 500 elephants gets 30 years’ hard labour
Poaching chief cut a bloody swathe across a rainforest, slaughtering rare animals with military-grade weapons
A poacher who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 500 elephants will spend the next 30 years in forced labour after he was convicted of ivory trafficking and attempting to kill park rangers in the Republic of the Congo.
Mobanza Mobembo Gérard has been nicknamed “the butcher of Nouabale-Ndoki”, which is a swathe of rainforest that stretches across the Congo Republic’s borders into the Central African Republic and Cameroon.
It is believed that Gérard, 35, first started hunting expeditions in 2008 and soon led a team of about 25 poachers through the bush to kill hundreds of rare forest elephants with military-grade weapons...