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Three released on KES 1.5 million bond for possessing ivory

23 June 2015, 10:00 Steven Njuguna

Nyahururu - Three middle-aged men were Monday released on KES 1.5 million bond each with a surety of similar amount for illegal possession of elephants tusks.

John Ndung'u, Peter Gitau and Gabriel Njung'e denied the charges when they appeared before Resident Magistrate Peter Muholi.

It is alleged that on June 20 at Tandare area in Laikipia County, the three were found with two pieces of ivory weighing six kilograms with a street value of KES 1 million.

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They were charged with an alternative charge of selling the trophies without a license from the director of KWS.

The court heard that KWS officers arrested the three following a tip from members of the public who saw the three transporting the trophies on a motorbike, looking for a potential buyer.

They were arrested and taken to Kinamba police station where they were charged with the offence.

The case will be heard on August 13 with a mention on July 9, 2015.

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