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Shs 14bn Ivory Saga: 2 Vietnamese Plucked from Qatar Airways at Entebbe Airport

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) customs officers stationed at Entebbe Airport have today Sunday intercepted two wanted Vietnamese nationals, Nguyen Van Thanh and Dinh Van Chung from Qatar Airways as the duo attempted to flee from Uganda to evade prosecution. 

The duo is part of the eighteen-man wanted racket whose mugshots and details were published a couple of weeks ago  suspected to be behind the Ivory and Pangolin dirty trade on the African continent. 

The Ivory which URA intercepted earlier this year

URA said the arrest of the duo is a step forward in the quest for justice.

Earlier, three  suspects were arrested and prosecuted in court.

“The hunt for 16 of the 18 suspects still at large rages on. Information about their whereabouts should be availed to us for a very good reward,” URA said in a brief statement on Sunday.

This racket is said to have been operating in Uganda for the last 3 years from a warehouse in Kyebando and a house in Bugolobi. 

Two other houses in Kololo with links to this racket were raided and two women arrested believed to be involved in prostitution activities.

URA recently seized the largest ever consignment of ivory and pangolin scales worth over Shs14 Billion earlier this year. 

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“Our resolve to rid Uganda of illicit trade remains stronger than ever. It takes both URA and the vigilant citizen,” said the tax collection body. 

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