Malaysia seizes big shipment of rhino horns from Qatar flightStaff Writer | April 10, 2017
Enforcement officials in Malaysia have seized 18 rhinoceros horns imported from Mozambique, weighing 51.4 kg and worth 13.7 million ringgit ($3.1 million), a senior customs official said.
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The haul is the latest indication that Malaysia has become an Asian transit hub for the illicit ivory and rhino horn trade.
The crate, listed as containing art objects, was imported from Mozambique on board a Qatar Airways flight which transited in Doha before arriving in Malaysia, Hamzah said in a statement.
Hamzah said the destination was listed as being in the town of Nilai in Malaysia's southern state of Negri Sembilan but it was a false address.
Rhino horn has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is also carved into highly prized libation cups.
Under Malaysian law, it is an offence to import rhino horns without a licence. ■