Prague prosecutor charges 16 over illegal trade in rhino horns

A Prague state prosecutor has filed charges against 16 people over the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns. The group – who could face up to eight years in jail – are suspected of operating in the Czech Republic, Vietnam and South Africa. Some members are accused of engaging hunters to travel to South Africa and bring back the horns in exchange for free trips and payment. Hunting rhinos is not illegal in the country; horns can be kept as trophies but not sold or given away.

Author: Ian Willoughby