Gulu grade one magistrate, Catherine Turibamwe has remanded 14 people to Gulu central Prison until 14 December 2018 for illegal cutting of trees contrary to the National Forestry Act.
Prosecution led by Paul Wepondi heard that the accused persons on 20th 11 2018, in Palaro Sub-county in Gulu district, went and cut down trees illegally without following the right procedures.
The arrest of these people follows an operation by Gulu district officials last week to hunt down illegal fellers.
Among those arrested were the buyers and sellers of the trees.
The accused persons who were remanded include; Morris Ocira, Nancy Aloyo, Bension Ocan, Vincent Odong and Micheal Oola who were sellers of the trees.
The accused buyers included, Fred Mukulu, Richard Opiyo, Magweri Samuel, Baribaki Alfred, Mwaka Mukosa, Lutaya Brian and Sobo Siraji.
In the court case, Gulu District Local Government, who are the complainants were represented by Auric Oryem, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.
Gulu district has lately experienced a huge influx of charcoal dealers and cutting down of trees like Afzelia Africana commonly known as ‘Beyo’ in local language.