Two suspects arrested with four pangolin skins denied bail

15 May 2019 17:50pm
RUNDU, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – Two Namibian men arrested on Monday for allegedly being in possession and dealing in controlled wildlife products at Katenture village in the Mukwe Constituency in the Kavango East Region have been denied bail.
The two accused, Thomas Thikoko and Ben Ndembere both aged 58, were denied bail when they made their first appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The two appeared before Magistrate Sonia Sampofu, who remanded them in custody after their rights were read out to them to either apply for legal aid from the Ministry of Justice, acquire the services of a private lawyer or conduct their own defences, with both opting for the latter.
The duo were arrested on Monday by the Namibian Police Force together with the Nature Conservation Department of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism when they were found with four pangolin skins.
The accused have both been charged with multiple charges of contravening section four of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act 9 of 2008.
Public Prosecutor Steven Haradöeb represented the State and their case was postponed to 15 July 2019.