|Rhino horns found in minister's car|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:00|
in which three men were arrested in possession of two rhino horns worth US$120 000 last week.
The vehicle has since been impounded following the arrest of Zivanai Masvaire (27), a game scout at Eldorado Farm, Charles Dowe-rowe (37) and Shepherd Naite (37).
They are being charged with poaching and an alternative charge of unlawful possession of a trophy of an endangered species.
Naite has a pending case before the courts in which he is jointly charged with three others for possession of 15 elephant tusks worth US$8 500.
The trio yesterday appeared before regional magistrate Mr Hosiah Mujaya and had its application to have its detention pending court appearance declared unlawful, thrown out.
In his application for a declarator order, Mr Mugiya argued that his clients were assaulted and detained in police custody without a warrant of further detention.
Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza opposed the application, arguing that such an order can only be made by the High Court.
Mr Reza said the police had lawfully detained the suspects because they had a warrant of further detention.
It is the State's case that on December 31 last year, Masvaire, Dowerowe, Naite and their accomplices hatched a plan to kill a rhinoceros at Eldorado farm in Macheke.
Investigations led to his arrest and he implicated Dowerowe and the others.