By Joseph Muraya
A 29-year-old Vietnamese national was on Tuesday arrested while trying to smuggle five rhino horns out of the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The man was in transit from Maputo, Mozambique en-route to Hong Kong via Doha, Qatar.
Le Manh Cuong was detected and seized by a joint security team comprising the Kenya Airports Police Unit, Customs, Kenya Airport Authority, Kenya Airways and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Kenya Wildlife Service Spokesman Paul Muya told Capital FM News that he was found in possession of the five pieces of rhino horns weighing 20.1kgs packed in a hand-drawn suitcase stuffed with mattress cuttings to disguise the contraband.
The suspect was booked at the JKIA police station awaiting arraignment at the Makadara Law Courts on Wednesday.
Last month a Chinese national was sentenced to serve 31 months in jail after being convicted over charges relating to smuggling ivory from the country.
Muya says 39 foreigners, including nine Vietnamese and 19 Chinese nationals, have been arrested smuggling illegal wildlife products out of the country this year. More....