Accused elephant tusk dealers remanded in custody

02 Jul 2018 17:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - The two men arrested on Saturday for the alleged possession of two elephant tusks at a lodge in Otjiwarongo, were on Monday remanded in custody.
Kuveri Tjikundi, 47, and Steyn Tjikokure, 39, made their first court appearance before Otjiwarongo Magistrate, Eduard Kesslau.
Tjikundi and Tjikokure had resolved to defend themselves in court after Magistrate Kesslau explained to them their legal rights to either defend themselves; apply for State-funded legal representation or engage a private lawyer of their choice.
Public prosecutor, Anna Amukugo strongly opposed granting of bail to the accused, saying police investigations were still at an infant stage.
Amukugo also told the court it will not be in the public interest for Tjikundi and Tjikokure to be released on bail at this stage.
Their case was then postponed to 30 August 2018 to allow for further police investigations.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Saturday the police were tipped off about these two men who were allegedly carrying huge elephant tusks.
“They were then arrested at a lodge in Otjiwarongo on charges of possession of controlled and prohibited wild products,” said Mbeha, without disclosing the value of the tusks.