Case of four men arrested with rhino horns postponed to September

14 Aug 2019 17:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - The case in which four men were allegedly found in possession of rhino horns on Monday, was postponed to next month in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Robertos Ipinge, 33, Timotheus Kazera, 34, Daniel Hango, 28, and Gideon Gao-Naseb, 36, made their first appearance before Magistrate Eduard Kesslau, who explained their legal rights to either engage a lawyer of their own choice; defend themselves in court or apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate.
The four indicated that they would engage private lawyers and their case was postponed to 30 September 2019 to allow them to acquire such services.
Public Prosecutor Elana Doeses, who represented the State in the matter, strongly objected to the granting of bail as she said it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice. Police investigations are also in the early stages.
“The State also fears at this stage for the accused to be released on bail as they might interfere with police investigations and State witnesses,” said Doeses.
They were all remanded in custody.
Ipinge, Kazera, Hango, and Gao-Naseb were arrested near the Otjozondjupa Regional Council by undercover police officers as they allegedly tried to sell the horns which are protected and controlled wildlife products.
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