Alleged ivory dealers denied bail

Two men were caught for allegedly trying to sell two elephant tusks during a sting operation. Crime

02 September 2019 | Crime

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw

Dirk Vermeulen (51) and Edgar Clark (41) were denied bail today after they were allegedly caught trying to sell two elephant tusks to undercover police men. The case was postponed to 19 September.

State prosecutor Tuihaleni Hilikuete opposed bail citing the seriousness of the offence. “A charge like this carries a fine of N$200 000 or 20 years imprisonment.”

Clark and Vermeulen were arrested on Saturday around 16:00 during a sting operation at the Gracemere Flats in the Fairways area of Walvis Bay. They made a brief appearance Monday morning at the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court. Magistrate John Sindano ordered that the two accused remain in custody.

They were charged for being in possession of a controlled wildlife product and trading in controlled wildlife products. The charge was based on the contravention of section 4 (1) (a) and (b) of the controlled wildlife products and trade act 9 of 2008 and amended act 6 of 2017.

The two solicited the services of a legal representative from Eugene Thomas practitioners.