600kg of ‘Lion bones’- shipments to Vietnam and Rhino horns suspect arrested

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600kg of 'Lion bones'- shipments to Vietnam and Rhino horns suspect arrested. Photo: Pixabay
600kg of 'Lion bones'- shipments to Vietnam and Rhino horns suspect arrested. Photo: Pixabay

A duo aged thirty three and thirty five were arrested in Germiston and Cullinan respectively for possession of rhino horns and lion bones on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

They were arrested by a joint intelligence driven operation between Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime unit and the Stock Theft unit.

A 33 year old Yin Li was allegedly linked to three reported lion bones shipment worth an estimated value of R2.25 million. The three large consignment weighing 600 kg were seized at the OR Tambo International Airport in air cargo destined to Vietnam in the last two months in Paulshof, north of Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, a 35 year old Yun Li, linked to a possession of rhino horn matter that occurred in 2015, was arrested along with Amos Mututwa (34) and were granted bail of R2000 by the Germiston Magistrate’s Court. Li never returned to court, subsequently a warrant of arrest was issued against him as a fugitive sought by the police.

Mututwa is expected to be back in court in January 2020. The case against Yun Li was postponed to 15 November 2019, for a formal bail application when he appeared yesterday at the Germiston Magistrates court. Whilst Yin Li appeared at Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on 7 November 2019, and the case was remanded to the 10 December 2019.

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