Suspected poaching ring leader held at OR Tambo

2011-11-04 10:34

Johannesburg - A Thai man, believed to be an associate of alleged rhino poaching syndicate kingpin Chumlong Lemtongthai, was detained at OR Tambo international airport on Friday morning, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.

"He is being detained and questioned at OR Tambo by Customs and the Hawks," Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

The man was detained during a joint operation as part of an investigation into rhino horn poaching and smuggling to East Asia.

"The suspect was found guilty previously in a South African court for smuggling animal products like lion bones. He was fined R10 000, which he paid. He then left the country."

Lackay said the man's return was believed to be with the "aim to get involved in further illicit activities".

He was stopped by SA officials between 06:30 and 07:00 when his flight from Thailand landed.

The man is believed to be an associate of Lemtongthai and they were believed to be key figures central to an international poaching syndicate, Lakay said.

In September, the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court ruled that Lemtongthai was a flight risk, but he challenged Magistrate Eric Mhlari's decision this week, saying it was unconstitutional to deny him bail because he was not a South African, The Saturday Star newspaper reported.

No further details were immediately available.

  • Ian - 2011-11-04 10:44

    hang the bastard

      Zelda - 2011-11-04 10:55

      think he should be let go in the bushes let the lions loose on him

      Ann - 2011-11-04 10:59

      A mere slap on the wrist - it is time these guys were jailed and the key thrown away to send a strong message to any others who even let the thought of poaching any of our animals cross their greedy minds!!! "The suspect was found guilty previously in a South African court for smuggling animal products like lion bones. He was fined R10 000, which he paid. He then left the country." I REPEAT - LOCK THEM UP FOR GOOD AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!!!

      Ian - 2011-11-04 11:08

      100% Zelda, public execution is too good for this bastard, tie it to a pole, pour extra sugary honey on it and let the red ants do the rest, good job

      jonathancfarrell - 2011-11-04 12:01

      Cut something of his off and then ban him from Africa. not just SA

      WotzisName - 2011-11-04 12:20

      Tie a rock to his horn and drop him in the ocean far from our shores!

      John - 2011-11-07 21:28

      What does Thailand do with drug dealers? That is what should happen to this animal bone dealer.

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:23

      He only had to pay R10 000? He probably had it in his pocket with all his "small change"! Why do you think he is back, he has already put R10 000 aside for the next fine, and budgeted for all the bribes of course!

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:26

      @Wotzisname - Can't do that, our perlemoen is also on the endangered list hehehe!

  • Felix - 2011-11-04 10:45

    Kill it with fire!!!

  • nuusleser - 2011-11-04 10:46

    Vat hom vas

  • Pulverturm - 2011-11-04 10:47

    Put him in a Lions den with super hungry lions!

      Craig - 2011-11-04 11:22

      No, the lions must not be so hungry so they play with him before eating hin.

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:29

      Yes let the cubs in first so that they can play like they do in the wild, then let Mamma in!

  • Sean - 2011-11-04 10:49

    Put him in the middle of a Rhino herd and let the Rhino's have some pay back. People like this do not deserve to live.

  • Annalise - 2011-11-04 10:50

    De Horn him !

  • James - 2011-11-04 10:56

    execute a painfull taliban beheading on the c**t!

  • luchj - 2011-11-04 11:05

    Cut his horn off!

  • Ian - 2011-11-04 11:10

    my method is the best honey and red ants

  • Aubrey - 2011-11-04 11:11

    He will have friends in government most likely in foreign affairs, nothing will happen to him. Such is the corruption in south africa.

      msendi - 2011-11-04 11:16

      How do you know?… Blow the whistle and let the bastards in foreign affair face law…

      mariannechris - 2011-11-04 20:04

      Aubrey, that is a generalised statement. I commend SARS for being so vigilant and on the ball!! Well done SARS - another ten rhino lives saved!!

  • Johan - 2011-11-04 11:13

    hang die bliksem !

  • Gavin - 2011-11-04 11:14

    Take him outside and hang him up by his horn...

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:35

      Let him loose but-naked in the park in midday without water and keep the cameras on standby till the vultures come flying in for supper!

  • Brian - 2011-11-04 11:15

    Impressed with the SA authorities for keeping tabs on this oxygen thief and catching him as he enters the country!

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:39

      i agree with you Brian, credit where credit is due! Well don to the authorities involved in this sting, just please don't allow him to get away with a slap on the wrist again. Interrogating him first would be a great idea...... I know of ways to get him to talk and spit out all he knows about all the other kingpins and insiders involved!

  • Alan - 2011-11-04 11:29

    So what has happened to the vet and ranger and wives that were caught poaching ???

  • susan.ettmayr - 2011-11-04 11:30

    and another one's been detained as well

  • Helen - 2011-11-04 11:41

    Cut off his nose and let him go home!!

  • Kobus - 2011-11-04 11:50

    oh ja eks nou so bly :> well done guys . ek wil my kinders kruger diere nog eendag wys ! i want to show my kids kruger animals someday !

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:44

      I'm afraid that atbthe rate that the rhinos are being slaughtered now, all your children are going to see are a bunch of Chinese/Taiwanese etc. Roaming the parks with cameras strapped around their shoulders!

  • Burtfred - 2011-11-04 11:56

    Lock him in an enclosure with a rhino cow and her calf. Let him learn what rhinos use their horns for.

  • Dave - 2011-11-04 11:59

    Lock this SOD up and throw away the kews.

  • Samantha - 2011-11-04 12:11

    make him suffer just like how he made our rhinos suffer-

  • Mukesh - 2011-11-04 12:15

    Why grant him a visa!!!

      mariannechris - 2011-11-04 21:32

      Mukesh, because he changed his identity, as you are legally allowed to do in some Asian countries!

  • Atomicduzt - 2011-11-04 12:17

    Sigh I feel so evil, because when I read this story, so many bad things baffled my mind to what I would do to this person

  • Mouldy - 2011-11-04 12:22

    Give him to me -please?

  • lcoggon - 2011-11-04 12:25

    Cut of his horn and send him back to Thailand.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-04 12:29

    Bring him to Flase Bay (and the rest of the poachers). Chum the water around seal island and let them have a nice swim. Love to see the GW take chinks out of these pigs. Cease all their assests and the proceeds must all go to Rhino procection services. F&%g Pigs

      Sean - 2012-01-13 07:49

      Yea, this has probably made more money than Donald trump already! Paying a fine of R10 000 is small change which he carries around in his pocket just in case the "wrong" people catch him!

  • Shellene - 2011-11-04 12:31

    This guy is/was the buyer. The "South Africans" that actually did the shooting and slaughtering, are STILL WALKING FREE !!!

  • JNaMolefe - 2011-11-04 12:43

    I disagree to hear this article!!! He should be locked up and throw away the key forever!!!

  • Lee - 2011-11-04 12:44

    Put him in an enclosed area with an angry Rhino and its calf. Pay back time.

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2011-11-04 12:59

    Just wonder what bribe he will pay before he is out on the streets again? This is now so out of control. 341 rhino poacher so far 2011, 333 poached 2010, when will this stop and all for greed, meant to be a race of intelligent people, hahaha what a joke!

  • zelna.vermaak - 2011-11-04 13:16

    I say and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth! Cut off anything resembling a horn on those bastards!

  • davieoosie - 2011-11-04 13:27

    See we can agree on issues.

  • Alva - 2011-11-04 15:24

    Deport him NOW!

  • Marcel - 2011-11-04 17:23

    sny nou sy bliksemse horing af!!!!

  • John - 2011-11-07 21:27

    What does Thailand do with drug dealers? That is what should happen to this animal bone dealer.

  • Grant - 2012-01-13 07:27

    i say we "poach" his hands OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!! if thy want i will do it for FREE......

  • kuvaniap - 2012-01-13 08:38

    Beat him up and throw away the keys

  • kuvaniap - 2012-01-13 08:38

    Beat him up and throw away the keys

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