Vietnamese Nationals formally cahrged in Court for illegal possion of Ugx 13.4 billion Wild Life Species
Three Vietnamese Nationals who were arrested last month with 762 pieces of Ivory and thousands of Pangolin scales amounting to 13.4 billion shillings, have been formally charged before the Anticorruption Court.
The two men and a house wife have appeared before Grade One Magistrate Namusobya Sarah Mutebi, and pleaded not guilty to 3 counts including Possession of prohibited goods and Conspiracy to commit a felony, contrary to the East African Community Customs Management Act-2004.
Court heard that Vien Son Dong, Fam Van Shu and Fung Thin Yen, on 24th/January/2019 at Namboole in Bweyogerere in Kampala, were found in possession of prohibited Wildlife Species concealed inside peices of Timber carried by 3 frieght containers on Track KBN 619/ZD, which goods they knew were prohibited.
Prosecution further alleges that between December/2018 and January/2019 in Kampala and Wakiso Districts the three conspired to be in possession of prohibited goods contrary to the Law.
According to Uganda Revenue Authority, the contraband was detected with the aid of a scanner.
A Vietnamese interpreter identified to Court as Bins, has translated the charges to the accused persons who are now applying to Court to release them on bail.
According to Prosecution’s Hilda Bakanansa, investigations in this case are still going on.