DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
authorities said on Tuesday they were holding an Egyptian
national in connection with an attempt to smuggle 47 live
tortoises out of the country.
The authorities said the
Egyptian was arrested on Sunday at the Zanzibar International
Airport where he was in transit abroad.
Mulhat Yusuf, the Zanzibar Aviation Authority public
relations officer, told a news conference that security officers
at the airport discovered that a luggage belonging to the
Egyptian had live tortoises.
"He was arrested and taken to the airport police station for
further questioning and legal action," she said.
In Dec. 2018, Tanzanian police announced the seizure of 114
tortoises that were about to be smuggled to European countries
and the United States through South Africa.
Singida Regional Police Commander Sweetbert Njewike said that
a suspect was found with the 114 tortoises, packed in different
bags, while travelling to Tanzania’s southern highland region of
Mbeya from the lake zone region of Mwanza.
South Africans welcomes
arrest of suspects for biggest rhino horn smuggling
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government on
Tuesday welcomed the arrest of two men for alleged involvement
in what is believed to be the biggest rhino horn smuggling ever
recorded in the country.
The case involved the smuggling of 180 rhino horns weighing a
total of 150 kilograms, the Ministry of Environmental Affairs
The two suspects, Petrus Steyn (61) and Clive John Melville
(57), were arrested near Hartebeespoort Dam in the North West
province during an operation by various law enforcement
agencies, including the Hawks Serious Organized Crime Endangered
Species Unit, the Special Task Force and the Tracker SA and
Vision Tactical, ministry spokesperson Albi Modise said.
The operation followed a tip-off that a vehicle from a
coastal province was carrying a considerable amount of horns
destined for Southeast Asian markets, according to Modise.
Without the cooperation and collaboration of the general
public, South Africa will not be able to win the battle against
rhino poaching and the smuggling of rhino horns, the
The joint operation is yet another indication of the success
of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros in South
Africa, the government’s collaborative anti-poaching approach,
The suspects appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate’s Court
in the province on Monday on charges related to the illegal
trade in rhino horn, said Modise.
The case has been postponed to April 26 this year for a bail
South Africa, home to more than 80 percent of the world’s
rhino population, bears the brunt of rhino poaching.
Between 2013 and 2017, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed
each year, according to official figures.
The government has warned that the country’s rhino population
will be close to extinction by 2026 if no effective measures are
taken to curb rhino poaching.
Endangered species suffer from Habitat Loss around the