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Suspects on rhino horn, ammo charges out on Sh0.5 million bond each

Date Published: 09 Sep, 2012
Suspects on rhino horn, ammo charges out on Sh0.5 million bond each

Assorted weapons, ammunition, ivory and elephant tusks recovered by KWS rangers from poachers in a past anti-poaching operation.

Six suspects charged for being in possession of a 7.5 kilogram rhino horn and 21 rounds of ammunitions have been released on a cash bail of Sh0.5 million each by a Nakuru court on Friday (September 7, 2012).

The six suspects, Abdi Rahaman Sheikh Damir, Mohamed Hassan Mohamud, Mohamed Hassan Issak, Idle Noor Hassan, Nurow Alliow Hassa, and Adan Yallow Hassan denied being illegally in possession of a government trophy and firearm ammunitions, dealing in a government trophy without a dealer’s license and failing to make a report of the possession of the trophy. 

They were released on a bond of Sh2 million and sureties of the same amount. 

The six were arrested at Kikopey Trading Centre in Nakuru County on Tuesday (September 4, 2012). They were booked at Nakuru Central Police Station awaiting arraignment at the Nakuru court. A Nissan X-Trail vehicle they were using to ferry the recovery was also impounded.                                      

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers were following up intelligence leads on the suspects before they pounced on them.

The hearing is set for September 22, 2012 at the same court.

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