N. Korean diplomat expelled over rhino horns


JOHANNESBURG: A North Korean diplomat has been expelled from South Africa for alleged illegal trading in rhino horns, a South African foreign ministry spokesman said.

“We can confirm that this diplomat has been expelled. He left the country on the 11th of December,” Nelson Kgwete said yesterday.

Kgwete said the diplomat was arrested in neighbouring Mozam­bique in May on charges related to rhino horn smuggling.

At the time of arrest, he was driving a vehicle with a South African diplomatic registration.

South Africa’s News24 said the diplomat was arrested after 4.5kg of rhino horn and US$99,300 (RM425,000) in cash were found in his car. The news website added that Mozambican police released the man on US$30,000 (RM128,000) bail.

South Africa’s rhino poaching epidemic saw a record 1,215 rhino killed last year for their horns, which is used as a traditional medicine in some parts of Asia. — AFP

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

regional

   

Next In Regional

Covid-19: PM advises teachers to get vaccinated immediately
Past controversies return to haunt Dr M Premium
5G technology begins to expand beyond smartphones
SOP relaxation will help revive tourism sector, says industry players
Budget 2022: MAHB seeks incentives to restore air connectivity
Opinion: The fragile Internet is a threat to the economy
Hong Kong’s IPO market withers as billion-dollar listings lapse
Netflix estimates ‘Squid Game’ will be worth US$900m
Down Is still up for foreign investors piling into China
Covid-19 Watch: 88 deaths including 26 BID cases recorded on Saturday (Oct 16)

Others Also Read


Vouchers