Rhino poaching kingpin, Hugo Ras, a former professional
hunter and safari operator, managed poaching syndicate’s
activities for almost five years. The group was allegedly
involved in killing 22 rhino and
mutilating two others between 2008 and 2012.
More than 150 witnesses lead evidence on behalf of the state
during the court proceedings. According to the witnesses the
group was linked to a total of 84 rhino horns that were poached or stolen. The syndicate’s links to international
trafficking markets including Vietnam and China, were
revealed during the trial.

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