Chinese owl hunters granted bail

Judge Mallet; Hammer
Judge Mallet; Hammer

THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has granted K5,000 cash bail to two Chinese nationals charged with criminal trespass after they were allegedly caught poaching on a farm in Lusaka’s Makeni.
Yi Shilei, 33, and Liu Bing, 27, are charged with two counts of criminal trespass.
When the matter came up before acting chief resident magistrate Aridah Chulu, the two pleaded not guilty to the offence and asked the court to grant them bail.
Mrs Chulu granted them K5,000 cash bail, with two working sureties who should be Zambian nationals, in the sum of K10,000.
The court also asked the two to surrender their passports.
The duo paid the K5,000 but the court said it wanted Zambian sureties from recognised local institutions.
Particulars are that Yi and Liu on April 8 this year, in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, unlawfully entered Dirk Jan Muijis’ property with intent to commit a felony, which annoyed Mr Muijis.
Police last week arrested four Chinese nationals for poaching on Mr Muijis’ farm in Makeni after he complained that some people had been shooting animals on his farm.
Two of the four Chinese were shot and wounded while trying to escape from the police. The police arrested Yi and Liu while the other two suspects are nursing injuries in the University Teaching Hospital.