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Chinese ship held at the Mombasa port for trafficking ivory

13 November 2014, 11:30 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A search warrant has been issued against a Chinese sea Vessel MV Kota HENING docked at the Kilindini port on suspicion that it may be trafficking ivory to Asia.

Resident Magistrate Richard Odenyo issued the order after the investigation officer from Moi International Airport made an application to have the ship searched after police arrested two of its crew members.

Aung Thu Hlung from Bangkok and Suraya Bin Mesdin from Indonesia are suspected to be part of a transnational syndicate that is involved in collecting ivory from East Africa and ferrying it to Asia.

Investigating Officer Stephen Nabei in a sworn affidavit made an application that the two Chinese men who are part of the crew in the MV Kota HENING be held by the police to help with investigations.

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Nabei said the evidence that would be obtained from the above ship would assist the police and investigators in determining the case.

The IO said that the ship was set to leave Kilindini Thursday for China, and the search and detention of the ship could only be allowed by the Court.

The duo was arrested on Tuesday at the Airport with 7.5 kg of ivory valued at KES 800 000 that was wrapped in clothing and newspapers.

The case will be mentioned on November 17, 2014.

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