(Xinhua) -- Customs officers at the
Noi Bai International Airport in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi have
seized over 100 kgs of suspected rhino horns imported from
The haul of wildlife parts were discovered in
two suitcases on board of a flight from Kenya’s Nairobi to
Hanoi, local Tuoi Tre (Youth) online newspaper reported on
The luggage did not bear the name of the recipient as well as
its total weigh.
Anti-smuggling division under the General Department of
Vietnam Customs investigated the shipment, discovering that one
of the suitcases weighed 57.1 kg and the other weighed 60.84 kg.
Both contained animal horns appearing to be from rhinos,
according to officers.
Local relevant authorities were carrying out further probe
while the wildlife parts had been transferred to the Institute
of Ecology and Biological Resources under the management of the
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology for an examination.
On Dec. 29, 2016, customs officers at Noi Bai Airport also
seized a 50-kg shipment of rhino horns shipped from Kenya to
The shipment had an estimated black market value of some 20
billion Vietnamese dong (879,097 U.S. dollars), reported Tuoi
In accordance with Vietnamese law, import of rhino horns, as
with all animals protected by the Convention of International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is
Kenyan authorities launch
probe into rhino horns nabbed in Vietnam
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan authorities on Thursday launched
investigations following the seizure of rhino horns worth over
0.7 million U.S. dollars in Vietnam.
According to media reports, 119 kilograms of rhino horn were
stashed in two suitcases and sneaked from Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport in Kenyan capital of Nairobi in a well
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Gathitu said the
horns were smuggled from Malawi to Nairobi en route to Vietnam
via National Carrier Kenya Airways.
Speaking to Xinhua, Gathitu said a multi-agency team
investigating the seizure is analyzing CCTV footage that
captures crew members removing tag from the two suitcases and
concealing the suitcases.
He said the haul was impounded at Hanoi’s Noi Bai
International Airport on Tuesday after they were found hidden in
luggage on a flight from Nairobi.
The two suitcases were found to contain 57 kilograms and 62
kilograms of Rhino horns, respectively during the scanning by
custom officials at Vietnam airport.
"We have launched investigation to establish how the haul was
smuggled from the airport without detection.
"Several staff members including airport officials will be
questioned, " said Gathitu.
Vietnam is a lucrative market for rhino horns, believed to
have medicinal properties as conservationists warn that rhino
population has dwindled due to ready market in Asia.
In 2016, Vietnam customs officials seized nearly one tonne of
ivory hidden in a timber shipment from Kenya that had originated
from port of Mombasa.
Kenyan authorities are yet to arrest brothers Samuel Jefwa
and Nicholas Jefwa wanted by Interpol for colluding with custom
officials to smuggle the ivory in the Asian market .
In 2013, the government imposed stiffer penalties—longer jail
terms and bigger fines—on anyone convicted of poaching or
trafficking in wildlife trophies, saying poaching was harming
tourism, a major foreign exchange earner.