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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected rhino horns (with photo)

30 October 2017


Hong Kong Customs today (October 30) seized about 1.4 kilograms of suspected rhino horns in cut pieces with an estimated market value of about $280,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Customs officers intercepted a 31-year-old male passenger who arrived from Maputo, Mozambique via Doha, Qatar for clearance this afternoon. Upon inspection, about 1.4 kilograms of suspected rhino horns in cut pieces were found inside food packages from his check-in baggage.

The man was subsequently arrested.

The case has been handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

Hong Kong Customs today (October 30) seized about 1.4 kilograms of suspected rhino horns in cut pieces with an estimated market value of about $280,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs today (October 30) seized about 1.4 kilograms of suspected rhino horns in cut pieces with an estimated market value of about $280,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport.

 

Ends/Monday, October 30, 2017

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