Omaruru residents oppose granting of bail to suspected rhino poachers

Omaruru residents oppose granting of bail to suspected rhino poachers
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A concerned group comprising community members and commercial farmers demonstrated in front of the Omaruru Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning.
The community protested against the granting of bail to seven suspects accused of involvement in rhino poaching in the district.
Led by their traditional authority leaders, the residents demanded the denial of bail to the accused.
The !Aodaman Traditional Authority Secretary, Matheas Tsaeb, read the petition, stating that the community fears that the accused have the means and ability to commit similar crimes, obstructing the cause of justice or abscond.
The seven were arrested at different places in March, after they had allegedly shot two rhinos with the intention to kill at Epako Game Lodge near Omaruru.
They face charges of hunting of special protected game and being in possession of an unlicensed fire-arm.
Prosecutor Taimi Efraim received the petition and assured the community that their concerns would be sent to the court.