Suspects accused of rhino, shark poaching to stand trial

Posted by Ilhaam Bardien on 29 July 2020

Two men accused of being in possession of rhino horns and shark fins are to stand trial on October 28, 2020, which the Middelburg Regional Court set as their hearing date.

‘The father and son duo, Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga (47) and Alberto Erneto Nharreluga Jnr (27) were arrested in April 2019 after being found in possession of two rhino horns and shark fins,’ said SAPS in a statement.

Two suspects accused of rhino poaching to stand trial

The suspects are charged with being in possession of rhino horn and shark fins.

Two suspects accused of rhino poaching to stand trial Two suspects accused of rhino poaching to stand trial

‘The rhino horns and shark fins were found by members of Flying Squad on the N4 next to Belfast hidden inside their vehicle while the two were travelling from Mozambique to Gauteng. During the arrest, the suspects tried to entice the police officials with a kickback but failed,’ they explained.

Members of the Serious Corruption Investigation were alerted. They processed the crime scene and charged the suspects with possession of endangered species, and an additional corruption charge.

‘Last week Thursday, the Nharrelugas attempted to apply for bail but their effort was unsuccessful. Their trial on both alleged crimes, possession of endangered species and corruption, will kick off on 28 October this year in the Middelburg Regional Court while they are remanded in custody,’ said the SAPS.

Featured Image: Facebook / SAPS 






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