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Defense Force Man On Rhino Horn Charge

  The Namibian (Windhoek)
August 25, 2003
Posted to the web August 25, 2003

Werner Menges

THREE Windhoek residents - including a senior Namibian Defence Force officer - appeared in the city's Magistrate's Court last week on a charge that they illegally possessed two rhino horns.

The three suspects - Karl Heinz Goliath (45) and Absalom Titus (41), who are reported to be employees of a gun shop in the city, and NDF Lieutenant Colonel Davy Anguwo (49) - are accused of trying to sell two rhino horns, which in turn are suspected to have been stolen from a house in Windhoek late last year.

According to a Police spokesperson, Sergeant James Matengu, the three were arrested after Police officers received information about prospective sellers of rhino horns looking for buyers for the specially protected game products.

The officers set up a trap for the men, in which they pretended to be potential buyers for the horns, and arrested the first of the suspects at a fuel service station in Windhoek West, where the staged transaction was being carried out, on Friday, August 15.

The three made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court last Monday.

Their case was postponed to November 7 for further investigations.

Goliath, Titus and Anguwo have each been released on bail of N$5,000.