Chinese national in court for rhino horn worth R6.6m

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November 30, 2016
Chinese national in court for rhino horn worth R6.6m

Police seized 18 rhino horns, weighing 43kg, inside the suspect's luggage CREDIT: AFP

The 28-year-old man was nabbed at OR Tambo International Airport.

A Chinese official is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, for contravening the Endangered Species Act.

He was arrested on suspicion of dealing in rhino horns.

Ye Zhiwei, who was arrested on November 23, at OR Tambo International Airport with rhino horns worth an estimated value of R6.6 million

Police said members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) at the airport acted on a tip-off when they arrested the suspect.

“The 28-year-old male, who was in transit from Namibia, was about to board a South African Airways flight to Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon when he was stopped and searched,” police said on November 24.

“Upon the search, police recovered 18 rhino horns inside his luggage weighing 43kg with an estimated value of R6.6 million.”

Zhiwei is due to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court where he is expected to apply for bail.

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