Alleged rhino poaching mastermind denied bail

Hugo Ras. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)
Hugo Ras. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

Pretoria - Bail was on Friday denied to alleged rhino poaching mastermind Hugo Ras in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Ras - who spent his 41st birthday behind bars - was arrested along with his wife Trudie and eight other men after a years-long investigation, reported Netwerk24.

The group face a total of 318 charges, including racketeering and poaching. Ras alone is facing 284 charges.

A Hawks officer, a pilot and an attorney are among those implicated in the syndicate which has acquired about R22m worth of rhino horns, writes Eyewitness News.

Ras is allegedly the leader of a syndicate that “contributed to the brutal slaughter and mutilation of 24 rhino in state and privately-owned reserves” , writes journalist Julian Rademeyer.

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