Thai­land seizes rhino horns, ar­rests sus­pected smug­glers

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

THAI au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested two Chi­nese cit­i­zens sus­pected of smug­gling rhi­noc­eros horns worth about US$300,000 (K409.2 mil­lion) through Bangkok’s main air­port.

The eight rhino horns weigh­ing a total of 6.2 kilo­grams were dis­cov­ered Tues­day when air­port se­cu­rity X-rayed the sus­pects’ bag­gage.

The Cus­toms De­part­ment said Wed­nes­day that the two men were headed to Cam­bo­dia after a flight from Zam­bia that stopped in Ad­dis Ababa and Bangkok.

Horns, blood, skin and urine from en­dan­gered rhinoceroses are in high de­mand across Asia for their use in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine.

The sus­pects face charges of vi­o­lat­ing cus­toms and wildlife pro­tec­tion laws.

Cus­toms De­part­ment Direc­torGen­eral Kulit Som­bat­siri said the seized rhino horns could fetch $300,000 in Thai­land and even more abroad. – AP

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