Cape Town - Conservation law enforcement authorities have hailed the latest conviction and sentencing of a Chinese national found with bits of rhino, lions claws and crocodile meat as a victory.
Wu Xiaohui, 36, who worked as a sushi chef for the Spar supermarket group, pleaded guilty to five charges of contravening sections of the Civil Aviation Act and the Marine Living Resources Act, in the Bellville Regional Court on Wednesday.
Wu had been arrested on January 23 for an environmental offence when he was found trying fly 150 pieces of abalone to China. He was re-arrested three days later for another environmental offence. He appeared in court on Wednesday, having entered into a plea bargain agreement with the State.
Wu had been charged with two counts of conveying animal products on an aircraft, possession of a rhino carcass, possession of lion claws and crocodile meat and for being in contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act regarding the abalone.
On January 23 he was stopped by airport police and found with 150 dried abalone pieces in an aircraft at Cape Town International Airport, without the necessary permission.