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Zambezia Provincial court buildings. [File photo: O País]
The Judicial Court of Zambezia Province, central Mozambique, will investigate the legality of the sale of 213 logs of ironwood species carried out by the Judicial Court of Pebane District without the presence of the Public Prosecutor.
Ironwood is a protected wood species in Mozambique, due to the risk of extinction, and it is illegal to cut these trees down.
“We will investigate as far as possible” said the judge of the Judicial Court of Zambezia Province, Paulo Cinco Reis, quoted on Wednesday by Radio Mozambique.
The ironwood had been seized by inspectors from the Gilé National Reserve as it had been logged in a conservation area and for the fact that the species in question was protected.