Alleged Chinese tusks' smuggler granted bail

01 Aug 2014 14:20pm


WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) ? A Chinese national facing a charge of illegal possession of four elephant tusks and two cheetah skins, was granted bail of N.dollars 40 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate?s Court on Tuesday. Hou Xuecheng, 37, and two others are accused of possessing elephant tusks, while he alone faces a second charge of possessing two cheetah skins without a permit. The others in the latter case are Chinese national Sha Zhiwei, 27, and Rajaiyah Ranjith Kumar, 30 from India. They all made a first appearance in the same court a month ago shortly after their arrest. The trio was apprehended after Namibian Police officers searched vehicles in the Northern Industrial Area of the capital, and uncovered four elephant tusks in a sedan vehicle belonging to them. The police later discovered the cheetah skins at Hou?s place of business. Hou, who is the first accused in the matter, succeeded in getting bail now after his first bail application failed on 17 July 2014. The two others remain in police custody. Magistrate Jermaine Muchali granted Hou bail of N.dollars 10 000 on the first charge, and N.dollars 30 000 on the second charge on condition that he surrenders all his travel documents, and reports himself every Monday and Friday to the investigating officer. The three are represented by lawyer Vetu Uanivi, while prosecutor Verinao Kamahene appeared for the State. The case was postponed to 08 August 2014 for further investigations. (NAMPA) ANS/ND/TK