Chinese man refuses to be fingerprinted

2011-12-22 21:39

Cape Town - A Chinese national arrested for illegal possession of ivory refused to give his fingerprints to the police because he wanted to plead not guilty, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

Xing Xieny, 51, was arrested with Xiong Changsen, 41, for illegal possession of ivory in Table View outside Cape Town on Tuesday.

"I don't want to give my fingerprints," Xieny told magistrate Frederick Louw through an interpreter.

His reason for refusing was because he planned to plead not guilty.

The men were arrested after the Hawks received information from the public about a foul smell emanating from a luxury house and "strange activities" in a parking lot.

When the police investigated they found people cutting elephant tusks into small pieces - apparently to make jewellery.

Louw told Xieny that his refusal to give fingerprints would prevent his application for bail.

Xieny's refusal means that the State has been unable to determine whether he is in the country legally.

The case was postponed to next Thursday for a bail application.

Both men have chosen to use legal aid.

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