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Rhino horns worth $5 million smuggled from Ethiopia seized in Thailand

Smuggled rhino horns originated from Ethiopia

borkena, Ethiopian News
March 14,2017

Rhino horns worth 5 million dollars (about 170 million baht , Thai currency) is seized by Thai custom authorities at Suvarnabhumi Airport (also known as known as Bangkok International Airport)

According to Bangkok Post, Thai news source, 49.4 kilograms of rhino horns was stuffed in a bag tagged with Ethiopian Airlines

Investigation by authorities established that two Thai women (identified as Thitirat Ara-i, 56 and Kansinee Anutranusart, 41) are involved in the smuggling.

The two women disappeared upon realizing that bag is sized by authorities and Thai authorities reportedly issued arrest warrant for the above-mentioned women.
It seems to be the case that not much is known about the circumstances under which the rhino horn is smuggled from Ethiopia now.

This is for the second time when Thai authorities seize smuggled rhino in about two years.

However, since it originated from Ethiopia, there is a possibility that custom authorities at Bole airport or someone with links to custom authorities in Ethiopia is/are somehow involved in by way of facilitating the smuggle from Ethiopia.

Ethiopian authorities are not responding to the situation so far.

Video below is Amharic report by Voice of America Amharic service

Video source : VOA Amharic service

Cover Photo: Screenshot from Bankkok Post Video

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