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Investigations incomplete in prophet’s poaching case

Investigations incomplete in prophet’s poaching case

Eba Kandovazu

LABORATORY results, a photo plan, a ballistic report, as well as outstanding witness statements still have to be presented for conclusion into the investigation of poaching accused, prophet Jackson Babi.

 

Babi made headlines in May when he was arrested with 7 other people in connection with the poaching of 2 rhinos.

 

A police officer was amongst those arrested alongside Babi following an undercover operation.

 

Appearing briefly today before Magistrate Linus Samunzala, Babi was informed by state Prosecutor Precious Matali that investigations have not been completed in the matter.

 

DUCKING: Prophet Jackson Babi shying away from the camera. Video: Eba Kandovazu

 

Babi also notified the court that he intends to bring a formal bail application on 30 July 2020.

 

His lawyer has since requested that Babi, who is detained at Dordabis, be moved to the Windhoek police station for easy consultation and preparation for the bail application.

 

His lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo, raised concern about the police’ problem in getting his client to court on time.

 

His request was accepted by Magistrate Samunzala, who has since ordered that Babi and one of his co-accused, Frizans Dumeni, be remanded in custody.

 

Babi recently made another court appearance for allegedly attempting to bribe a police officer with N$13 000.

 

He was charged in that matter alongside another man, Ananias Ananias.

 

The poaching case was opened after a farm worker discovered the two dead rhinos without their horns.

 

Investigations led detectives to Otjiwarongo, where a covert operation was conducted and two rhino horns were found in possession of four suspects.

 

The suspects allegedly tried to sell the rhino horns to an undercover police officer.

 

Babi was part of the four arrested in Windhoek. Two Rhino horns and a hunting rifle with ammunition was found in his possession at his residence in Kleine Kuppe.

 

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