Strong sentences for rhino horn smugglers


Justice is served in South Africa!  Two foreign nationals arrested at OR Tambo International Airport earlier this year for illegal possession of rhino horn have been convicted and sentenced at the Kempton Park Regional Court.

Duc Manh Chu and Phi Hung Nguyeng were arrested after scanner operators at the airport detected suspicious objects in the men’s luggage and alerted the South African Police Service.

Chu was sentenced to 10 years for the illegal possession of 12 rhino horns and an additional two years for fraud, while Nguyeng was sentenced to six years for the illegal possession of six rhino horns and an additional two years for fraud. This is the highest penalty handed down for a biodiversity crime to date under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.

The magistrate said the penalty for possession of rhino horn was the same whether the couriers had killed the rhino or not.

Author: Africa Road Travel

Africa Road Travel is an established inbound southern African tour operator. Our parent company (Cape AgriTours) was established more than 14 years ago, Africa Road Travel started in 2001 and opened their own independent offices in Cape Town in 2004. Since then the company has grown in leaps and bounds, besides the years of accumulated professional industry knowledge and experience, we enjoy special industry contracts with many service providers, Hotels and Guest Houses. This allows us to provide you with individual attention, free assistance with your vacation plans, a free ground handling service and discount prices.

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