Mozambican father and son to go on trial for poaching and corruption
MPUMALANGA - Two Mozambican nationals, accused of possession of rhino horns and shark fins, will stand trial after the Middelburg Regional Court set October 28 as the hearing date.
The father-and-son duo, Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga Sr (47) and Alberto Ernesto Nharreluga Jr (27) were arrested in April last year after having been found in possession of two rhino horns and shark fins. These were found by members of Flying Squad on the N4 next to Belfast, hidden in their vehicle as the two were travelling from Mozambique to Gauteng.
During the arrest, the suspects tried to bribe the police officials with a kickback, but failed.
The Serious Corruption Investigation members were alerted. They processed the crime scene and charged the suspects with possession of endangered species and additionally corruption.
Last Thursday, the Nharrelugas attempted to apply for bail, but were denied. The trial on both crimes, possession of endangered species and corruption, will commence in October in the Middelburg Regional Court; until then they will be remanded in custody.
Editor: Anchen Coetzee
Written & Subedited by: Wahl Lessing
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