Medical doctor arrested for elephant tusk possession granted N$50 000 bail

29 Jan 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA)- A local medical practitioner arrested by the police while allegedly in possession of illegal elephant tusks, was on Tuesday released on bail of N.dollars 50 000.
The 44-year-old accused, Dr Thomas van Wyk, was on Tuesday set free on bail after he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on a charge of contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act 9 of 2008.
The bail granted is coupled with some bail conditions that the accused hands in his passport to the police investigating officer and should not leave the district of Windhoek without having obtained permission of the police.
Furthermore, the accused was ordered to report himself to the Windhoek Police Station on Mondays and Fridays every week between 08h00 and 17h00.
The arrested medical practitioner appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Mwilima Mwilima on Tuesday morning.
Van Wyk handed himself to the police in Windhoek on Monday morning after some of his friends allegedly alerted the police about the alleged tusks.
The tusks were allegedly retrieved from the accusedÂ’s residence in the Auasblick area by the police after he handed himself over on Monday.
The case was postponed to 27 March 2019 for further police investigations into the matter.