CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF RHINO HORNS, ABALONE ON THE RUN

WINDHOEK, A Chinese national who was arrested with a local businessman in February last year for illegal possession of rhino horns and abalone products, is on the run.

Zhi Geng was scheduled to make another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday morning, but was absent. His privately-instructed defence lawyer, Amoomo Kadhila, also did not know the whereabouts of his Chinese client.

"I tried on several occasions to contact him during the course of today, however, his mobile phone was out of reach," Kadhila informed Magistrate Celma Amadhila when the lawyer was asked to explain why his client was absent.

As a result, a warrant for Zhi's arrest was issued with immediate effect, and his bail of 250,000 Namibian dollars (about 19,300 US dollars) was provisionally cancelled and forfeited to State coffers.

Zhi's bail and bail money will be reinstated if he returns to court on Sept 25, 2017, and once he gives a reasonable explanation in respect of his absence from court.

Meanwhile, Zhi's Namibian accomplice, James Barron Wallace, who was present in court, was informed that the trial of the case will begin in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Jan 31, 2018.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK