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Third ivory smuggler arrested in Walvis Bay

Third ivory smuggler arrested in Walvis Bay

Niël Terblanché

A THIRD suspect, the 60-year-old Micheal Lusse, was arrested in Walvis Bay in connection with the sale of two elephant tusks to undercover detectives on the same day that the Dirk Vermeulen and Edgar Clark made their first appearance in the harbour town’s magistrate’s court.
Lusse made his first appearance before Magistrate John Sindano earlier on Tuesday where his docket was added to that of Clark and Vermeulen’s. Like his co-accused Lusse was also remanded custody until 19 September this year

Pictured: Micheal Lusse, the third suspected ivory smuggler that was arrested in Walvis Bay this week. – Photo: Contributed

Clark and Vermeulen were arrested while attempting to sell two elephant tusks to undercover detectives in Walvis Bay.
Dirk Vermeulen and Edgar Clark made their first appearance before Magistrate John Sindano on Monday where they were formally informed about the charges against them.
The first two suspects were arrested on Saturday during a sting operation executed by undercover detectives at the Gracemere Flats in Walvis Bay when. They attempted to sell two elephant tusks to the officers.
Lusse, Vermeulen and Clark were all charged with possession of controlled wildlife products and trading in controlled wildlife products. The value of the two tusks found in their possession was still not determined. The origin of the tusks is also not yet known.
During his court appearance Magistrate Sindano informed Lusse that he is charged with the Contravention of section 4 (1) (a) and (b) of controlled wildlife products and trade act 9 of 2008 and amended act 6 of 2017 on Saturday and indicated that it constitutes a very serious charge.
Like with the first appearance of Vermeulen and Clark, Prosecutor Tuihaleni Hilikuete indicated to the Court that the Sate opposes bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence and also indicated that the investigation into the matter is still at a very early stage. She also requested the court to add Lusse’s case to that of Vermeulen and Clark.
Lusse’s legal representative indicated to the magistrate that her client will also bring a formal bail application to court on 19 September.
Magistrate Sindano added Lusse’s case to that of Vermeulen and Clarks’ postponed the matter until 19 September to allow the police to investigate the matter further and to allow the three accused persons to prepare for their formal bail application.

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