Club of Mozambique

 14 Nov 2018

In file CoM

A Chinese national has been in the hands of the Mozambican police in Maputo since last week, accused of possessing nine kilograms of rhinoceros horn pieces.

In Mozambique, the destruction of conservation areas and the hunting of protected animals, including elephant and rhinoceros, is a punishable offence under the Conservation Act (Law No. 16/2014 of 16 June). But some individuals, mostly foreigners, seem undeterred.

The 49-year-old man responding to the name of F. Zheg was arrested at Maputo International Airport on November 7th while preparing to board a Qatar Airways flight.

A police statement sent to @Verdade also mentions the seizure of 10 elephant tusks, but without giving further details.

Justice authorities in Mozambique have regularly released poachers, even those caught in flagrante delicto, on bail, to the chagrin of the police and others in the forest and wildlife sectors.

Late last week, police authorities confiscated 2,050 litres of diesel fuel and 180 monzo wood logs which were on the contraband route.

In another operation, 15 firearms, comprising two AK-47s, three pistols and 10 shotguns, were seized.

Source: A Verdade