Seven arrested for wildlife crimes

By August 29, 2019Anti-poaching
Ellanie Smit, The Namibian Sun | August 28, 2019

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Seven suspects were arrested in Namibia in connection with wildlife crimes last week.

According to statistics provided by the Intelligence Unit in the environment ministry and the Protected Resources Division in the safety and security ministry, three new cases were registered from 19 to 25 August.

Four of the suspects were arrested in connection with rhino poaching and trafficking. Two Namibian suspects were arrested for the poaching of a rhino at a farm in the Omitara area on 12 August, with a third arrest in the case following on 20 August.

Police also arrested three suspects for possession of a live pangolin at Omaruru on 21 August.

At Osire three suspects were arrested on 22 August for possession of two hunting rifles. They were charged with conspiracy to poach specially protected game and contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act.

Furthermore, 24 suspects appeared in court last week in connection with eight cases of wildlife crime.