State to parade 5 more witnesses in Chinese national wildlife trial

The State says it will parade five more witnesses in a wildlife crimes case involving Chinese national Bin Liu. 

The development follows testimony given by two witnesses who are a soil scientist from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and wildlife crimes investigator from Police.

Giving his testimony before the Magistrate`s court in Lilongwe, the LUANAR soil scientist Joseph Chimutu demonstrated how a sack containing wildlife specimen was buried within the accused compound in Lilongwe’s Area 47.

Chimutu further demonstrated that a tree where a sack was buried underneath it was planted the same period the sack was covered up.

Upon being tipped, the police recovered 13 pieces of processed ivory and 5 pieces of raw ivory from the sack.

The other witness, Limbikani ChaswaBanda who is from the Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit testified before the court as a photographer.

ChaswaBanda displayed the pictures which are 21 in total and two videos through a projector set up in the courtroom and said the evidence is in accordance with what happened from the time they visited the place.

The Chinese national, who is currently on court bail, is suspected to have been found in possession of pieces of ivory worth over K9 million at his residence in Area 47.

Hearing of the matter has been adjourned to 13 December this year.

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