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Kenya arrests Vietnamese national for trafficking wildlife products

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan authorities on Monday arrested a Vietnamese national at the main airport in Nairobi for illegal possession of wildlife products that included eight lion canine teeth, three lion claws and two warthog teeth.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement its canine unit nabbed the Vietnamese national as he cleared his luggage at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) enroute to Bangkok.

"The illegal wildlife products were sealed inside a Thermos Flask, wrapped with foiled paper in checked-in luggage, in the hope it would pass undetected by KWS sniffer dogs that are part of the canine unit stationed at the airport, specifically to detect contraband wildlife products on illegal transit," said KWS

Kenya wildlife agency said the suspect, Truong Trung Hieu was on transit from Liberia aboard the East African country’s national carrier heading to Bangkok when he was arrested.

"The foreigner was booked at JKIA police station, awaiting arraignment in court tomorrow (Tuesday) when the courts will have found an interpreter," said KWS.

Kenya has lately intensified the war against illegal trafficking of wildlife products through its ports of entry using state of the art detection equipment and trained canine.


Three suspected poachers arraigned in Kenyan court

KITALE (Xinhua) -- Three suspects were on Monday arraigned in a Kitale court in Western Kenya charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies worth 64,000 U.S. dollars without permit.

Josephat Lopowen, Robert Pkiach and Adison Mirenge appeared before Kitale Senior Resident Magistrate Maureen Cherono, but they denied the charges.

The accused were charged that on Oct. 17 at Junction In Hotel Makutano within West Pokot County, they were found with six pieces of elephant trophies weighing 64kg without a permit from the Director of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

The court was told that the accused persons were arrested with the trophies as they tried to source for potential customers.

The suspects were also charged with dealing in wildlife trophies without permit, contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Act.

The magistrate had initially placed a bond of 70,000 dollars for each suspect but it was later reviewed and reduced to 15,000 dollars each.

The suspects were remanded after failing to meet the bond requirement.

The case will be mentioned on Oct. 30 and hearing will commence Dec. 17.


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KITALE (Xinhua) -- Suspected poachers are paraded by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers in Kitale, Oct. 17, 2018. Authorities on Wednesday arrested three suspected poachers and recovered six pieces of elephant tusk weighing 64 kg. XINHUA PHOTO: ROBERT MANYARA



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