Xinhua News Agency
June 14, 2001
MAPUTO - The Mozambican police Thursday confirmed the arrest of
Mozambican poachers on Monday as part of joint efforts between the
Mozambican and South African police forces to strike the poaching
activities along their common borders.
Eight men were arrested in the Corumana area, some 80 kilometers
north of Maputo, on charges of poaching.
According to Radio Mozambique, the South African police entered
Mozambique Monday night and seized the alleged poachers, whom they
then took into South Africa, without the knowledge or consent of
the Mozambican police.
However, this was denied by a spokesman of the South African High
Commission, who said the operation was conducted jointly and the
Mozambican police made the arrests.
On Thursday, Joao Machava, spokesperson for the Maputo province
police command, confirmed the South African version of events, adding
that rhinoceros horns, two guns and ammunition were confiscated
from the eight poachers.
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