Thirteen arrested for wildlife crime in a week

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism Intelligence and Investigation Unit, together with Namibian Police Force Protected Resources Division has arrested 13 people suspected to be involved in wild life crime between 17 and 23 February 2020.

A weekly crime report issued on Thursday by the ministry of Environment said, out of 13 people arrested, five are new cases registered while others were under investigations which lead to the suspects being apprehended.

The report shows that a total number of nine suspects were arrested for poaching, trafficking and conspiracy of rhino poaching. While two rhino horns where seized, one rock monitor lizard, five firearms, 58 ammunition, and one vehicles all seized for being in possession of people suspected to be involved in wildlife crime.

The suspects have appeared in courts already and they are charged for different charges ranging from conspiracy to hunt specially protected game, Contravening section two of Arms and Ammunition Act seven of 1996, Contravening section 26 of Nature Conservation Ordinance four of 1975, as amended by Act three of 2017 and Illegal hunting of specially protected game.

Some suspects are remanded in custody, some are out on different bail amount of money between N.dollars 2000 and N.dollars 4000 while others are waiting Prosecutor General's decision and further investigations on their cases.

Source: Namibia Press Agency