Chinese rhino horn dealer gets bail of N$ 20 000


A 32-year-old Chinese national appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court on Friday after his arrest with two rhinoceros horns here on Wednesday.

The suspect, Dejin Xu, who runs a business in Oshakati, was charged with dealing in controlled game products (rhino horns).

He was awarded bail of N.dollars 20 000 by the Opuwo Magistrate Court on Friday, and the case was postponed to 04 April this year for further investigations.

An incident report by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Opuwo indicated that they received a tip-off from members of the public that a Chinese businessman allegedly sent people to Opuwo to look for elephant tusks or rhino horns to buy.

The Protected Resources Unit of the police and relevant Ministry of Environment and Tourism departments then availed state-owned rhino horns to be used as a ploy to catch the potential buyer.

The suspect, Dejin, was then arrested with the two rhino horns weighing about 6.8 kilogrammes and a combined value of about N.dollars 100 000.

The suspect was represented by lawyer Vipuamuje Muharukua of Muharukua Attorneys, while Obert Masendeke prosecuted for the State, and magistrate AK Simpson presided over the case.