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.

  • Jan - 2011-12-22 22:21

    Then treat him as an illegal. How difficult is that? Has the police now become a bumbling force?

      Fredster - 2011-12-23 08:23

      Fly Lice...I not cut ivory....

      Lodewyk - 2011-12-23 10:11

      Time to start making examples!!

      janine.cronje - 2011-12-23 11:48

      It's fried rice you plick!

      John - 2011-12-29 20:54

      We have to support the Chinese People against the Oppression, Exploitation, and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Also we have to support Tibet and Xinjiang against the Occupation, Tirany, Oppression, Exploitation and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese settles, policemen, troops must leave. Tibet for Tibet! Xinjiang for Xinjiang! We have to be militant against the Chinese Communist Party, Ban it, Sanction it, Boycott it. And the government too. Welcome chinese ships, full of scrap goods and rats, with New Year's Eve fireworks and rockets!

      John - 2011-12-29 20:56

      Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Boicott China, boicott! Viva the People of China, viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Welcome chinese ships, full of scrap goods and rats, with New Year's Eve fireworks and rockets!

  • Johan - 2011-12-22 22:42

    "refused to give his fingerprints" - Mmmmm, better run those past Interpol.

  • Tony - 2011-12-23 04:16

    OOOOH Chinese - one of the New Colonial Masters, JZ and his cohorts will see this China get off the hook. After all, Beijing owns the ANC and SA now,,,, not to mention Zim and Botswana

      emile.eley - 2011-12-23 08:03

      You have the China Syndrome.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-23 04:23

    Cut his fingers off just like the horn they cut off

      Mike - 2011-12-23 07:21

      And once u have cut his fingers off then u can take fingerprints, dont really know what all ths fuss is about. Treat them like they have treated all those animals around them. Live by the sword DIE by the sword.

  • yolande.vanzyl - 2011-12-23 04:34

    Do what they do to our citizens keep him in jail for six months then tell him a day before he is being executed . Start treating these criminals like drug mules . They are robbing our national heritage . That is a crime against all the people of south africa. It belongs to all of us he is a national robber and should be given long sentence in jail / Better still bring back the death penalty .

  • Preshen - 2011-12-23 07:35

    fong kong

  • Anton - 2011-12-23 07:48

    the anc will not allow the police to hurt their friends with whom they are inpartnership with chinese run shops in the country and do not pay tax they do not i,ploy s a citizens go to their shops and see if you get a till slip or try paying with your card no chance

      Jerhone - 2011-12-23 10:07

      I think that all these chinese shops they set up are actually triad fronts for money laundring every shop sells the same cheap inferior sh*t and they never go under or close

      Adrian - 2011-12-23 11:19

      Have you ever seen a Chinese restaurant full of people? They must be a front!

      maniza.ahoua - 2011-12-23 17:50

      why always anc, grow up

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-23 08:02

    is shows the absolute ignorance on the part of all concerned. In terms of the law, the physical characteristics of an acused may be taken without his permission, by force if necessary.

  • Kyle - 2011-12-23 09:01

    Dont our police officers watch csi??? We need Horacio Cain there to offer him a glass of water... then we take the prints off the glass... simple... just picture Horacio doing his infanous look and giving some corny line...Maybe watching Csi should be part of basic training for the coppers

  • Mart - 2011-12-23 09:40

    Plea bargain in pipeline....he is going to name government officials also involved in illegal poaching, smuggling and corrupting SAPS and Customs officials.

  • Paul-Louis - 2011-12-23 10:55

    hand them over to the public..

  • treatwell - 2011-12-29 20:28

    Chinese killed s.a women now pay back is a b*tch

  • Adolf - 2012-01-10 15:19

    The Criminal Procedure Act allows for force to be used to determine a suspect/accused's identification. There is no way he can refuse and the magistrate had to inform him of this.

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