3 Chinese, Kenyan found with game meat and ivory detained for five days

From L to R: Shang Li Yan, Xing Wei, Zhang Jie and David Maseno Oseko before a Nairobi court where they were detained for another five days.

Three Chinese nationals and a Kenyan accused of being in possession of ivory, game meat and keeping wildlife in Nairobi will be detained for another five days.

This is to allow police to complete investigations.

The police sought to detain Shang Li Yan, Xing Wei, Zhang Jie and David Maseno Oseko for ten days on grounds that there is likelihood that the suspects are wanted in other police stations for similar offences.

Intended criminal charges are being in possession of wildlife trophy, keeping wildlife and being in possession of contraband goods.

When presented before Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe, the investigators submitted that they needed more time to apprehend the respondents’ accomplices as they suspect the four are part of a cartel dealing with poaching.

The Chinese were arrested on 8th January at their resident in Aberdare courts in Kilimani, Nairobi while Kenyan alleges to be an employee of Yan.

It is alleged that neighbours complained of a ‘nauseating smell and upon search, four deep freezers were found containing decomposing meat of various animals.

Also recovered in the suspects’ house were two polished elephant tasks, two human sculpted ivories, five assorted ivory bangles, seven beaded ivory necklaces valued at Sh 4 million, one leopard skin valued at Sh 500,000, one rhino horn valued at Sh 1.8 million among others.

The police accuse the suspects of being at flight risk for failing to disclose their normal everyday activities.

Oseko is yet to furnish the investigators with proof of employment by Yan and has not disclosed his normal fixed abode.

Their lawyer objected the request by the state saying that nothing had been submitted to show existence of a cartel.

The court further heard that even existence of a cartel should not stop the state from charging them.

The matter will be mentioned on Monday 14th.