HARARE – A Chinese national who was nabbed at Harare International Airport after being found in possession of ivory artifacts has been fined $150.
Feng Dejin was found guilty of contravening sections of the Parks and Wildlife Act which prohibit dealing or possessing ivory artifacts without a licence.
Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe sentenced Dejin to 20 days imprisonment with the option of $150 fine.
Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri proved that on November 29, Dejin was at Harare International Airport heading to China.
He booked an air ticket and checked in at the reception where his passport was stamped.
When Dejin’s luggage was screened, officers became suspicious of the contents and summoned him.
A physical search was conducted.
Officers discovered three ivory stamps, two ivory carvings, five ivory balls weighing 1,5 kilograms valued $320.
Dejin was arrested after he failed to produce a valid permit or licence authorising him to possess the ivory artifacts.