Man arrested with rare mammal in PMB

2018-01-24 06:00
Pangolin.PHOTO: sourced

Pangolin.PHOTO: sourced

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A FOREIGN national (42) was arrested for carrying one of world’s most trafficked wild mammal, a pangolin, in his backpack.

Isaac Mutero from Zimbabwe appeared briefly at Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday facing a charge of being in possession of a protected species.

Pangolins are trafficked mainly for their scales, which are believed to treat a variety of health conditions in traditional Chinese medicine, and as a luxury food in Vietnam and China.

State prosecutor Rene Padayachee said the state is opposing bail as the accused is facing a very serious charge.

The charge sheet indicates that on January 16 at Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg, Mutero was allegedly found in possession of a protected species (pangolin) in his backpack without a permit issued in terms of Chapter 7 of Nemba.

The case was adjourned to January 30 for bail consideration and for the accused’s attorney to be present.

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