Chinese caught with ivory in Kenya pleads guilty

A Chinese national pleaded guilty today in a Kenyan court to charges of illegal possession of 65 kilogrammes of ivory with which he was arrested at the country`s main international airport.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 10:53 AM IST

Nairobi: A Chinese national pleaded guilty
today in a Kenyan court to charges of illegal possession of 65 kilogrammes of ivory with which he was arrested at the country`s main international airport.

Wang Zheng, 29, was arrested last night in Nairobi while
in transit from the Democratic Republic of Congo to China on a
Kenya Airways flight, the Kenya Wildlife Service said.
The court ordered Wang to remanded in custody until
Wednesday when a sentence will be issued.

Kenyan police in December arrested two Bangkok-bound
Singaporeans who were checking in 92 kilos of illegal raw
ivory at Nairobi airport while three suspected poachers were
arrested this month with 80 pieces of elephant ivory worth USD
30,900.

The illegal trade in ivory is driven by Asian and Middle
Eastern demand for the tusks used in traditional medicines and
ornaments.

PTI