N.dollars 1 500 bail for pangolin skin dealing accused

14 May 2019 08:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 14 MAY (NAMPA) - A 59-year-old man arrested on Friday afternoon for attempting to sell a pangolin skin at Grootfontein was on Monday granted bail of N.dollars 1 500 by the district magistrate’s court at the town.

Hafeni Haimbodi appeared before the Grootfontein Magistrate, Murray Shikongo on charges of possession of and dealing in protected and controlled wildlife products on Monday afternoon.

Haimbodi’s legal rights to engage the legal services of a private lawyer; defend himself in court or apply for a State-funded lawyer at the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid were explained to him by Magistrate Shikongo, with the accused opting to engage a private lawyer.

Public prosecutor in the matter, Patricia Matengu, asked court to release Haimbondi on bail of N.dollars 5 000, citing that the pangolin, valued at N.dollars 50 000, was killed for its skin.

Shikongo however granted bail of N.dollars 1 500 to the accused before postponing the case to 22 August 2019 for further police investigations and to allow Haimbodi to acquire legal representation.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Saturday told Nampa in an interview that Haimbodi was arrested when he attempted to sell the skin on Friday in the vicinity of Otjivanda Senior Secondary School at Grootfontein.