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Chinese man caught with 3 rhino horns questioned

The 48-year-old was about to board a flight to Hong Kong with the horns worth an estimated R12.5m.

FILE: Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As world experts debate how to protect endangered species at the CITES conference in Johannesburg, police are questioning a Chinese man who arrested at OR Tambo International Airport last night with three rhino horns in his possession.

The 48-year-old was about to board a flight to Hong Kong when police received a tip-off and searched his luggage.

The three horns they found are worth an estimated R12.5 million.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says they weighed 9.4 kilograms and had been concealed inside the suspect's bag.

"These rhino horns ae now subject of investigation to ascertain where they come from and the suspect will be appearing in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Monday."

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