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Suspected Chinese ivory smuggler remanded in prison

Date Published: 16 Aug, 2013
Suspected Chinese ivory smuggler remanded in prison

A Chinese national arrested on Wednesday (August 14,2013) while trying to smuggle ivory out of the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi was today (August 16, 2013)  arraigned in court.

Chen Biemei, 30, denied charges of being in possession, dealing in ivory and failing to make a report to authorities when she appeared before a Makadara magistrate’s court.

The magistrate ordered that she be remanded at Langat Women prison until August 22, 2013 when the case comes up for hearing.

Biemei first appeared in court on August 15, 2013 but the proceedings were bogged by language hitch. A state counsel had been granted one day to find an interpreter to aid in the prosecution of the suspect. The magistrate directed that she remains in custody until today Friday (August 16, 2013) to allow the state counsel look for an interpreter before she take a plea.

She was arrested while being in possession of assorted worked ivory tucked in 15 sachets disguised and declared as macadamia nuts weighing 6.9kg. She was trying to board a Kenya Airways flight KQ 862 to Hong Kong.

Officials however, detected and seized her. She was booked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Police Station awaiting arraignment in court. 

A total of 17 suspects of six different nationalities have been arrested smuggling ivory out of the country since the beginning of the year.

 

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