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'Poaching kingpin' yet to fulfill bail conditions

FRANCISTOWN: An alleged poaching kingpin from Zimbabwe is yet to fulfill his bail conditions more than two weeks after he was granted bail.

The alleged poacher, Dumisani Moyo, 52, was granted bail on condition that he pays P1,000, provide two sureties who shall each pay P500, surrender his passport to the police, report at the offices of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Francistown once every fortnight and attend court as and when required to do so. 

Moyo is facing a single count of being allegedly found with a rhinoceros horn without lawful cause in October 2012 along the Francistown-Orapa junction road. 

Moyo, who arrived in court on Tuesday in handcuffs and leg shackles under high security for status hearing, would be tried on December 11 and 12 this year. 

Moyo was previously granted bail by the Francistown Magistrate’s Court in 2012, but escaped to Zimbabwe until he was arrested last year before being extradited to Botswana to face his legal woes.

When granting the accused bail, Magistrate Lebogang Kebeetsweng said that on December 15, 2017, the prosecution applied for Moyo to be remanded in custody on the premise that he was a flight risk.

Kebeetsweng stated

that Moyo has been in custody ever since he was extradited from Zimbabwe but the prosecution has failed to avail to the investigating officer reasons why he should continue to be remanded in custody.

The magistrate added that records show that ever since Moyo was remanded in custody, the prosecution has been saying that it would bring the investigating officer to state reasons why Moyo should continue to be remanded in custody but it has not done so.

Kebeetsweng said that she was left with no choice but to grant Moyo bail because his continued remand in custody is akin to trampling on his right of being presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

According to a study entitled “Beyond Borders: Crime, conservation and criminal networks in illicit rhino horn trade,” that was carried out by the Global Initiative against Transactional Organised Crime, the unemployed Moyo is a holder of both Zimbabwean and Zambian passports.

The study adds that Interpol has issued an international red notice calling for member states to arrest Moyo.




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