Chinese ivory dealer fined

HARARE - A Chinese national who was nabbed at Harare International Airport after being found in possession of ivory artifacts has been fined $150.

Feng Dejin was found guilty of contravening sections of the Parks and Wildlife Act which prohibit dealing or possessing ivory artifacts without a licence.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe sentenced Dejin to 20 days imprisonment with the option of $150 fine.

Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri proved that on November 29, Dejin was at Harare International Airport heading to China.

He booked an air ticket and checked in at the reception where his passport was stamped.

When Dejin’s luggage was screened, officers became suspicious of the contents and summoned him.

A physical search was conducted.

Officers discovered three ivory stamps, two ivory carvings, five ivory balls weighing 1,5 kilograms valued $320.

Dejin was arrested after he failed to produce a valid permit or licence authorising him to possess the ivory artifacts.

Comments (11)

this is utter rubbish some locals are getting as many as 20 years for illegal trading of ivory and paoching and this xing gets away with a mere $150 fine...Zimbabwe inondirwadza are we really this desperate

Ngwena - 3 December 2013

This is rubbish, this Asia must be connected with some top, top, top guys. Sorry to those Tsholotsho villagers who were jailed for nothing, while culprits are walking scotfree.

kungeke - 3 December 2013

ivory stamps valued at $320, the guy should have paid fine at a police station instead of spending tax payer's money for such a small offence.

tom - 3 December 2013

Poor the poachers who got 16 years for "producing" the raw product. This sentence is a tacit encouragement to the guys on the ground that poaching has an end market. "Our Government via the Judiciary" should show seriousness on poaching. What's the point in fining this guy $150. but send the poachers to 16 years. It defies logic. Both are equally guilty and should have both gone behind. It's a pity.

John - 3 December 2013

Without even reading the whole story, this is a clear travesty of justice. These are the people who are enticing the poor Tsholotsho tribesmen to go poaching and cyanide hundreds and hundreds of elephants to death. And they then get away with a fine. Our girls are rotting in Chinese jails for trafficking drugs and yet we let this Xingaz go scot free for decapitating our only source of survival (tourism) as a nation. They were right whenthey said law is an ass

Mukorekore Mukuru - 3 December 2013

tipeiwo maserious

bhoramusango - 4 December 2013

why takapusa kudai ? sure kutadza here kukoshesa zviwanikwa zvedu . mbava nemuurayi abva ku Asia tomubata aine nyanga yenzou yenational herd onzi pay $150 fine . tinombonyanyonyengerereiko chaizvo . dai akakwanisa kukwira ndege nayo ainowana 150 chete nayo here ? kana uriwo mutemo bva ngatinyore mutsva . ARISE ZIMBABWE .

chakuti - 4 December 2013

Seems like zimbabwe is the new china! How in Gods name can a villager get 20 years and the middle man get twenty days.One day when all is gone our children will ask how and why?Name and shame the judge you are as good as a thief!How many Yen did you recieve???

cloud - 4 December 2013

A valid point is about the Zimbabweans imprisoned in china on drug charges but here we are being soft with a Chinese guy involved in a serious crime of poaching. Better arrest them and use them as bargaining chips to get our citizens released from china.

bw - 4 December 2013

musarasike, a lot of issues are considered before passing a sentence.These artifacts were made from ivory possibly by lawful ivory dealers with a relevant licence.The law though requires for anyone carrying such artifacts to have another licence makes the offence trivial.Dont compare this with someone who is illegally in possession of raw ivory or elephant poaching.

comrade kk - 4 December 2013

dai arimunhu mutema anzi 5yezi mujeri this is rubbish. if he is illigally in position of ivory then he illigally got it from somewhere probally the sinide scandal. this is unfair and pure racism. we are punishing our own yet worshiping zhing zhong nonsense

mafirakureva - 4 December 2013

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