3 SUSPECTED CHINESE, KENYAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING GAME TROPHIES

NAIROBI, A Milimani court has ordered three Chinese and a Kenyan who were arrested for being in possession of game trophies namely leopard skin, ivory pieces, rhino horn and a live tortoise to be detained for five days pending probe completion.

The Prosecution Wednesday had requested for 10 days claiming that the accused could be part of a poaching syndicate a claim that was denied by the defense counsel led by Asa Nyakundi.

Magistrate Caroline Nzibe ordered the suspects be detained at Kilimani police station and be arraigned in court on Jan 14.

Three Chinese nationals-Xing Wei, Zhang Jie, Shang Li and a Kenyan-David Maseno Oseko were arrested in Kilimani area.

Also netted during the raid were cigarettes worth more than Sh2 million shillings and alcoholic drinks.

The four were arrested after neighbours complained of a foul smell coming from the residence.

The raid was carried out by a multi-agency team drawn from detectives, officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Kenya Revenue of Authority.

Separately, three suspected poachers have been arrested in Kitengela, Kajiado County for being in possession of four elephant tusks.

The suspects are said to have ferried the tusks weighing about 60kgs from Maralal in Samburu County.

Police officers from Kitengela in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service officers acting after on a tip off from members of the public posed as potential customers and apprehended the suspects.

The ivories weighing about 60kgs were to be sold at Ksh 5 million.

The suspects on transit from Maralal Samburu County had concealed the tusks with speakers.

Isinya OCPD Mugambi Kinyua assured that police officers were on high alert in a bid to neutralize any attempt to endanger wildlife.

Poachers and dealers in illegal animal trophies face life imprisonment and a fine of more than Ksh 20 million in a new law that was passed in 2014 meant to curb the rising cases of poachers killing wildlife for tusks, horns and skins.

The law also increased compensation for deaths and injuries caused by wildlife to Ksh5 million and Ksh2 million respectively.

Source: NAM News Network