Rhino horn duo deported

2017-02-03 14:14
The rhino horn, ivory and a passport left by the Chinese duo in a restaurant. They have been deported.

The rhino horn, ivory and a passport left by the Chinese duo in a restaurant. They have been deported.

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Two Chinese nationals who were arrested after they forgot a backpack containing pieces of rhino horn, ivory and passports at a Hout Bay restaurant have been deported with immediate effect.

Bingchang Liao (24), and Jiawei Yang (27) were declared as undesirable persons and have been banned from entering South Africa and also ordered to leave the country immediately, Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha says.

He says the pair allegedly forgot a backpack containing pieces of processed rhino horn and ivory at a restaurant in Hout Bay on Sunday 29 January. They showed up on the Monday afternoon to claim it.

“They were then directed to the nearby police station where the backpack was said to be handed in for safe keeping. On their arrival, members of the elite unit arrested them on the spot. The rhino horn and ivory are valued at just over R60 000. They were charged with the unlawful possession of rhino horn and ivory.”

Ramovha says the pair made a second appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday (2 February).

“Their first appearance was on Wednesday (1 February) but the matter was rolled over and a plea bargain was entered into. The duo was consequently found guilty for unlawful possession of rhino horn and ivory. They were sentenced to five years imprisonment, suspended for five years, ordered to pay R35 000 each, half of which will go into the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (WCNCB) and the other half to the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA). They have been asked to leave the country immediately.”

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