Moz arrests Vietnamese rhino horn smuggler

2012-05-31 13:42

Maputo - Mozambican police have arrested a Vietnamese man at the main airport in Maputo as he tried to smuggle rhino horns out of the country, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

The man was arrested on Wednesday as he was about to board a Kenya Airways flight to Hanoi via Bangkok.

"Inside the international terminal we apprehended a man with seven rhinoceros horns. They were in his luggage," the spokesperson for Mozambique's customs police, Raimundo Mapandzene, told AFP.

The man, identified as Doan Minh, 41, had already made it past airport security screening when he was caught, according to the government-owned O Pais newspaper.

The authorities did not confirm the origins of the rhino horns.

Mozambique is worried by the rise in poaching linked to international crime syndicates.

Last week another Vietnamese man was arrested at the airport attempting to smuggle elephant tusks out of Mozambique, said O Pais.

Rhino horns are prized in Asian traditional medicine, with Vietnam emerging as a major market based on a widespread belief that they can cure cancer, despite ample scientific evidence to the contrary.

The soaring demand has driven poaching to record levels in neighbouring South Africa, home to most of the world's remaining rhinos. More than 200 rhinos have been killed there so far this year.

  • Amanda - 2012-05-31 14:13

    Well done, hope he does not manage to get away on a technical point, jail him for 60 years.

      Joao Katinga - 2013-05-01 18:54

      This is all hearsay - Until we see evidence of a conviction after a trial its utter BS

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-31 22:11

    Cut his horn off! These may well be horns from SA smuggled over the border and then fly out via Moz. When his 60 years jail is over send him to SA so that we can sort him out too. Damn poachers.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-23 09:57

    Punish him the way he'd be punished in Vietnam for a serious crime....

  • Annemarie White - 2013-05-01 18:25

    Too late. The animals are gone.

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