12 arrested for wildlife crimes

02 October 2019 | Crime

Four new wildlife crime cases were registered last week, with 12 suspects arrested.

This is according to statistics provided by the Intelligence and Investigation Unit in the environment ministry and the police's Protected Resources Unit.

The police seized six pangolin skins and one live pangolin, one giraffe, one firearm and one vehicle.

According to the crime report, three men were arrested on Friday near the Omwandi-wakamanya railway bridge in Ondangwa. They were found in possession of one pangolin skin, which they attempted to sell to police officers. The suspects were using a white Toyota Corolla, which was seized by the police. The statistics indicate that of the 12 suspects arrested last week, only one man was Angolan, while the others were all Namibians. Meanwhile, the matter involving a Windhoek doctor arrested on a charge of illegal possession of three elephant tusks was back in court last Tuesday.

The case against Dr Thomas John Brown van Wyk was postponed once again, until 5 November, for a decision by the prosecutor-general.

Van Wyk was arrested after his house was searched at the end of January. The police, acting on a tip-off, found three elephant tusks for which Van Wyk allegedly did not have permits.

Van Wyk, who was at work during the search, later handed himself over to the police after consulting his lawyer. He was released on bail of N$50 000.

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