Chinese arrested with ivory in Kenya

2011-04-29 15:04
Nairobi - Kenyan police said Friday they had arrested a Chinese national who was trying to smuggle 96km of ivory onto a flight for China at Nairobi's international airport.

"Travel documents in the man's possession showed he was travelling to China from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is now in our custody and will be arraigned in court later today," a senior police officer at the aiport said.

The man, who has not been identified "was arrested at 20:00 last [Thursday] night as he prepared to board a flight to China", the officer said.

He will be arraigned in court later on Friday.

A Chinese national arrested in January at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with 65kg of ivory was sentenced to eight months in prison or a fine of around $600 for illegal possession.

Kenya has in recent months arrested several people trying to smuggle ivory through Nairobi into Asia.

The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants is driven by Asian and Middle Eastern demand for the tusks used in ornaments.

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