Chinese nationals arrested with 14 rhino horns: NamPol
24 Mar 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) - Three Chinese nationals found in possession of 14 rhino horns were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Aviation Unit at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Monday.
The trio, whose identities cannot be made public as they are yet to appear before court, was also found in possession of a leopard skin.
NamPol spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi announced their arrest at a media conference held here on Monday afternoon, saying the three were arrested on Monday morning at around 07h40.
According to their passports, the three Chinese nationals left their home country on 09 March this year and arrived in Zambia the following day (10 March).
They then stayed in Zambia for a day after which they entered Namibia via the Wenela Border Post in the Zambezi Region on 12 March 2014.
The men were arrested after their luggage was searched as they were about to board a plane to Hong Kong via the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
They are aged 53, 49 and 30 respectively.
This is a very serious case and it is enjoying the full attention of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism because these foreign nationals were found in illegal possession of products of animals which are protected in Namibia, Kanguatjivi said.
Last month, a Chinese national was also arrested by NamPol members during a sting operation while in illegal possession of rhino horns at Opuwo in the Kunene Region.
The three men are scheduled to make a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street on Tuesday morning, Kanguatjivi noted.