The hunt for India’s timber trafficking kingpin

by Beckypublished on 25th September 2023

India’s red sandalwood is one of the most expensive timbers in the world. It is also an endangered species. An international black-market trade in it has decimated valuable forests, with armies of smugglers terrorising local law enforcement. One man stands accused of being at the top of the trade – Sahul Hameed. Hameed is wanted by Indian authorities and Interpol for trafficking the prized wood. But he remains at large. Al Jazeera’s 101 East investigates Hameed’s alleged links to organised crime and the global efforts to bring him to justice.

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