Alleged Chinese tusks’ smuggler granted bail

WINDHOEK: The Chinese national who faces a charge of dealing in possession of four elephant tusks illegally was granted bail of N.dollars 40 000 on two separate charges in the Windhoek Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Hou Xuecheng, 37, and two others are accused of handling elephant tusks, while he alone faces a second charge of being in possession of two cheetah skins without a permit.

The three accused, Rajaiyah Ranjith Kumar, 30, an Indian national, and Sha Zhiwei, 27, made a first appearance a month ago after they were arrested when police officers searched vehicles in the Northern Industrial Area and uncovered four elephant tusks in a sedan vehicle belonging to them.

The driver of the sedan vehicle managed to escape in the dark, but with the police hot on his heels.

The three accused were then taken to Xuecheng’s place of business where the cheetah skins were discovered.

Xuecheng who is the first accused in the matter made an appearance yesterday in a formal bail application after he was denied bail on 17 July 2014.

Magistrate Jermaine Muchali Muchali granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 for the first charge and N.dollars for the second charge on condition that Xuecheng surrenders all his travel documents and report himself every Monday and Friday to the investigating officer.

The three, who were represented by lawyer Vetu Uanivi and Prosecutor Verinao Kamahene represented the state.

The case was postponed to 08 August 2014 for further investigation.

(edited)WINDHOEK: A Chinese national facing a charge of illegal possession of four elephant tusks and two cheetah skins, was granted bail of N.dollars 40 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Hou Xuecheng, 37, and two others are accused of possessing elephant tusks, while he alone faces a second charge of possessing two cheetah skins without a permit.

The others in the latter case are Chinese national Sha Zhiwei, 27, and Rajaiyah Ranjith Kumar, 30 from India.

They all made a first appearance in the same court a month ago shortly after their arrest.

The trio was apprehended after Namibian Police officers searched vehicles in the Northern Industrial Area of the capital, and uncovered four elephant tusks in a sedan vehicle belonging to them.

The police later discovered the cheetah skins at Hou’s place of business.

Hou, who is the first accused in the matter, succeeded in getting bail now after his first bail application failed on 17 July 2014.

The two others remain in police custody.

Magistrate Jermaine Muchali granted Hou bail of N.dollars 10 000 on the first charge, and N.dollars 30 000 on the second charge on condition that he surrenders all his travel documents, and reports himself every Monday and Friday to the investigating officer.

The three are represented by lawyer Vetu Uanivi, while prosecutor Verinao Kamahene appeared for the State.

The case was postponed to 08 August 2014 for further investigations.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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