Chinese National Arrested For Exporting Ivory Worth K350,000

Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Monday afternoon arrested a Chinese national HOUCAI ZHANG for being found in possession of 22 grams of ivory-made necklaces.

ZHANG, 46, was arrested while he was trying to leave the country with two ivory-made ivory valued K350, 000.00, police have confirmed.

ZHANG, passport Number G58878195, was working at the newly constructed Bingu National Stadium in the capital city.

According to police, the suspect was traveling to his home country, China for Medication, and was to use Ethiopian Airlines.

Meanwhile, police have released him on bail based on his medical condition but will arraign for Illegal Exportation of Game Trophies (Ivory) contrary to Section 98 as read with Sections 111 and 113 ( 1 ) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Recently, Deputy US Embassy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales was detained and questioned by KIA police on suspicion he tried to smuggle out a piece of ivory.

Trading, importation or exportation of ivory is illegal in Malawi.

The country in March this year burned 2.6 tonnes of ivory in Mzuzu city after a court ordered its destruction, despite a cross-border dispute over whether the elephant tusks smuggled from Tanzania should be saved as legal evidence against poachers.

And on Thursday, Malawi is set to burn ivory worth K27 million in Mangochi district.

According Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer Rodrick Maida the burning of the ivory is in compliance with the court order obtained during the sentencing of a convict who was found in possession of the ivory illegally.

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