Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:10 pm

Quick update - as of now the fine has not yet been paid. Prosecutor will be contacting me if/when it gets paid.

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:56 pm

It is quite a bloody cheek to own up and suggest a fine paid by your syndicate, for whom it will be pocket money. Sort of like bargaining at a market! :evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:03 pm

http://ewn.co.za/2016/11/20/2-cops-amon ... mpumalanga

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:49 pm

PennyinSA wrote:http://ewn.co.za/2016/11/20/2-cops-among-6-arrested-for-rhino-poaching-in-mpumalanga


Victor Magwedze | about 2 hours ago
JOHANNESBURG - Two South African Police Service (Saps) officers and four others have been arrested in Mpumalanga in connection with rhino poaching and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Officials say the men were detained during a sting operation in Ngodwana on Saturday night.

The two detectives were picking up the four suspected rhino poachers outside a game reserve when they were spotted by other members of the police force.

Saps spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said, “The vehicle came to a standstill, a search was conducted and the six men were arrested after police found two rhino horns and a rifle loaded with four rounds. They will all appear before the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Monday.”

The two detectives were picking up the four suspected rhino poachers outside a game reserve
0*\ 0= once again let down by those entrusted with protecting our safety and heritage O/ @#$

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:59 pm

:evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:50 pm

@#$ to those two police officers!!!

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:36 am

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Presiding_Magistrate_Kempton_Park_Court_DENY_BAIL_TO_ZHIWEI_YE/?aKwShfb

Why this is important

Dear Sir

It is respectfully requested that the above Honourable court deny bail to ZHIWEI YE who was arrested on the 23rd November 2016 at OR Tambo International Airport in transit to Hong Kong with 18 rhino horns weighing approximately 43 kilograms.

These accused has the means and ability
to flee the country and as such we implore the court to deny them bail pending their trial.

In terms of Section 60 of the Criminal Procedures Act the state is required to consider the following with regard to
granting bail:

1. Whether or not there is a likelihood that the
accused, if released, would endanger the safety of the public or an individual,
or would commit a Schedule 1 offence,[71] the court takes the following into account:
the degree of violence implicit in the charge;
a threat of violence the accused may have made to any person;
any resentment the accused is alleged to harbour towards any person;
the accused's disposition towards violence as evidenced by his past conduct;
the disposition of the accused to commit Schedule I offences, as evidenced by past conduct;
the prevalence of a particular type of offence;
any evidence that the accused has previously committed a Schedule 1 offence while out on bail; and
any other factor.
2. Whether the nature or circumstances of the
offence are likely to induce a sense of shock or outrage in the community in which it was committed;

3. Whether his release would undermine or jeopardize public confidence in the criminal justice system;

4. Whether there is the likelihood that the accused will attempt to influence or intimidate witnesses, or conceal or destroy evidence 5. Whether the likelihood that the accused will attempt to evade trial if released

It is the undersigned petitioner’s belief that any one or more of the above are likely to exist should the accused be released on bail and respectfully request the above Honourable Court to deny bail accordingly.

Already this year more than 800 rhinos have been poached in South Africa and we, OSCAP, being a group of more than 18 000 members from both South Africa and also internationally would like to make the court aware of our
outrage at the ongoing poaching crisis.
All too often when alleged poachers are released on bail it has been found that they re‐offend and prolong the trial or in the case of foreign nationals they leave the country. We trust that when making a decision based on the facts that you will take our outrage and concern into consideration.

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:41 am

\O Rog!

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:44 pm

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/7ec07f004f2433deab02ef70ce873b7f/Additional-charge-added-to-six-alleged-poachers-20161129


Additional charge added to six alleged poachers
Tuesday 29 November 2016 06:05
Mthobisi Mkhaliphi

An additional case of illegal hunting has been opened against two police officers and four other who were arrested for alleged rhino poaching near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga.

This was revealed by state prosecutor, Isabet Erwee during the appearance of the six suspects in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Erwee also requested that the case be transferred to the Waterval Boven Periodical Court.

The State Prosecutor, Isabet Erwee says the police have found a carcass near Waterval Boven believed to be of the rhino that was allegedly poached by the six suspects.

She requested that the case against the men be transferred to Waterval Boven.

However, the defence dismissed the request made by the state.

It will be heard on Tuesday whether the case will be moved to another court or not.

Re: Rhino Poaching: Arrests, Prosecutions & Sentencing

Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:08 pm

Do they need a week to decide in which court the case should be presented 0-