Chinese caught smuggling ivory fined Sh30,000

Wednesday March 27 2013

By NATION REPORTER

A Chinese man on Tuesday admitted smuggling ivory through Kenya and was fined Sh30,000.

Tian Yi told a Makadara court that he was guilty of smuggling 439 pieces of the white gold from Congo Kinshasa to Hong Kong via Nairobi.

The 50-year-old man was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard Flight KQ 860. The contraband had been cut into pieces and painted brown. The pieces were in a suitcase alongside tree barks to disguise them as traditional medicine.

The ivory was detected and intercepted by a joint security team comprising officers from Airports Police Unit, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airways and the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Last week, KWS rangers arrested two men and seized four pieces of ivory weighing 83 kilogrammes in Kasigau Village in Taita Taveta.

Poisoned arrows

Three suspected poachers were also arrested at the weekend and ivory weighing 27 kilogrammes, two poisoned arrows and a weighing machine seized in the same region.

In Nakuru County, two people were arrested and four pieces of ivory found in their possession in Mau Forest at the weekend. Yet another suspect was arrested in Isiolo county with four pieces of ivory.

All the suspects will be charged with illegal possession and dealing in game trophies. They will also be accused of failing to report they had the trophies to the relevant authorities.