The Lusaka Magistrates Court has acquitted a 42-year-old man of Lusaka who was alleged to be in possession of a live pangolin.
Simon Moyo of Chilanga was set free of the charge by Magistrate Albert Mwaba when the court established that prosecution failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
Moyo was charged was with one count of being in possession of protected Government trophy contrary to the laws of Zambia.
In his judgment, Mr Mwaba said it was in dispute that Moyo was found with a live pangolin in his house because officers from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) did not find it when they conducted a search.
He said if Moyo was found in possession of the pangolin, it could have been brought to court as evidence.
Mr Mwaba said if he had to convict the accused for being in possession of the animal it should have been produced in court as evidence.
He said it could only be displayed as evidence if the arresting officer did his job of either taking pictures of the animal or bringing it before court.
The court added that the arresting officer even failed to lead the accused where he had found the pangolin.
He said there was no evidence to justify the conviction and he acquitted the accused accordingly, adding that Moyo was set free not by the court’s decision but by the investigative officer’s failure to prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt.