MAPUTO, Mozambique – Mozambique's state news agency has reported that five police officers were arrested for their involvement in poaching.
The AIM news agency said Thursday that the officers failed to arrest a man caught with a rhino horn, and instead took half of the money made from the illegal sale of the horn.
After catching the man, the police accompanied him to a nearby town where he sold the rhino horn for about $24,500.
The officers and the poacher were arrested a day later, after a tipoff, said the report.
In Namibia, the local press agency reported that a court has refused to grant bail to a Chinese national believed to be a central figure in the country's largest rhino horn smuggling syndicate.