Rhino poaching kingpin to be sentenced

Suspected rhino poaching kingpin Chemlong Lemtongthai in the dock at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on 31 August 2011. Alex Eliseev/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Self-confessed rhino horn smuggler Chumlong Lemtongthai has failed to implicate anyone else in the crimes he has pleaded guilty to. 

Lemtongthai will return to the Kempton Park Magistrate's court on Wednesday, where sentencing will begin.

On Monday, his five co-accused were set free after all charges against them were dropped by the state. 

Lemtongthai's lawyer, Terry Price, read out a statement from his client in which he admitted to using fake hunters to secure permits and export rhino horn to South East Asia.

But the statement cleared game farm owner Marnus Steyl and made no mention of any accomplices.

Questions have been asked about why charges were dropped against the other accused, while animal rights activists have called for further investigation and more arrests.