Soldier Arrested For Pangolin Possession

A solder in Harare is in hot soup after he was found in possession of an endangered animal that is specially protected under the country’s Parks and Wildlife laws, a pangolin, the Daily News reports. The soldier was arrested as he was looking for a buyer in Msasa.

The matter came to light in court where the soldier Simbarashe Mutare and his co-accused stood before Harare Magistrate Judith Taruvinga on allegations of violating the Parks And Wildlife act.

It is the state’s case that:

 On June 16, detectives from CID Minerals Flora and Fauna received information that the two were in possession of a live pangolin and were looking for a buyer in the Msasa industrial area.

The police then reportedly carried out surveillance and spotted the two along Borgward Road with Mutare carrying a black satchel.

The detectives approached them and asked to see what was in the bag and found a live pangolin.

Taruvinga remanded them in custody till 2 July and advised them to apply for bail at the High Court.

More: Daily News 

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