No bail for men arrested with rhino horns, abalone

03 Feb 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - Two men arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Protected Resources Unit on Monday for the illegal possession of rhino horns and abalone products, were on Wednesday remanded in custody with no option to post bail.
Abalone products include controlled and lucrative sea fishery products, ranging from small sea snails to large edible snails and molluscs.
The two men - Khomasdal resident James Barron Wallace and his Chinese accomplice Zui Geng (both ages not given) - were both refused bail when they made a first appearance before Magistrate Justine Asino in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along L├╝deritz Street on Wednesday morning.
The prosecution led by Public Prosecutor Tatelo Lusepani strongly objected to the granting of bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges they are facing and due to the fact that police investigations into the matter were still at an initial stage.
The two men were charged with illegally dealing in and possession of about 1,15 kilogrammes of rhino horns worth N.dollars 91 000 when they were arrested at house in Ludwigsdorf on Monday.
The rhino horn products were found cut in small pieces for easy transportation out of the country.
In addition, the police found in their possession a number of documentation indicating that the two men have over the past few weeks illegally imported into the country a consignment of about 94 kilogrammes of abalone products valued at a total of N.dollars 235 000 without proper or valid documents.
Their case was remanded until 23 February this year, pending further police investigations into the matter.
Windhoek-based lawyer Winston Visser appeared for Zui, while local lawyer Norman Tjombe represented Wallace.