Interpol still searching for alleged abalone poachers
THEY ARE accused of operating an abalone-poaching syndicate as far back as 2002, but are far from being tried in connection with the charges.
Interpol are still searching for Yu- Chen Chao, who allegedly headed the syndicate, and Yen-Chang Ku, one of its managers. Both are at large, and State advocate Helene Booysen told the Western Cape High Court this week that international warrants of arrest had been issued.
Chao has been missing since February, when the high court permitted him to travel home for Chinese New Year.
The court had told him to provide the investigating officer with the address of where he intended to stay in China, but he failed to do so and never returned to face the charges.
Members of the alleged syn- dicate appeared in the High Court on Thursday for a pretrial conference. The case was postponed for another pre-trial conference on February 28.
The alleged syndicate operated from 2002 to 2006, using legally registered entities as a front for the illegal trade in abalone, under the pretext of exporting pilchards.
The abalone was allegedly earmarked for export to Hong Kong.