A Wildlife Officer and three others have appeared in court on a charge of illegally possessing a rhinoceros horn.
34-year-old Israel Mogotsi Morokane, from Pandamatenga village near Kasane, along with Nametso Alex Morokane (34) and Moses Tlou (30) both of Gaborone alongside Dumisane Moyo (47) of Zimbabwe were granted bail after their arrest and detention in custody on 22 October.
The four men were detained after the rhino horn was found when the car they were travelling in was searched for meat products at a routine roadblock mounted at the Francistown/Orapa junction.
In opposing bail the prosecution feared that the accused persons would dispose of other rhino horns suspected to be in their possession, but yet to be recovered by the police.
In granting bail, Francistown Principal Magistrate Kgololesego Segabo argued that the prosecution had not demonstrated the impact of releasing the suspects, adding that there must be an indication that remanding the accused persons in jail would not be prejudicial to them.
“In this case the investigating officer was never called to testify in court and give detailed reasons to argue for remanding the suspects in jail,” the magistrate said.
The case is due to continue on 17 November.
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