An abalone smuggler has been sentenced to a fine of R50 000 or two years imprisonment by the Khayelitsha Priority Court in Cape Town on Thursday, May 20. 49-year old Mogamat Amien Fakier was arrested in August 2017 after members of the Hawks Serious Organised Crime investigation team along with Crime Intelligence, K9 unit and officials from the Department of Environmental Forestry and Fisheries reacted to information about a vehicle transporting abalone illegally.
#sapsHQ On Thursday, the Khayelitsha Priority Court in Cape Town sentenced Mogamat Amien Fakier (49) to a fine of R50 000-00 or two years imprisonment for possession and transportation of abalone. #Sentencing MLhttps://t.co/HqCNoLDT5J pic.twitter.com/YEZslQOUQu
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According to SAPS, upon searching the vehicle in front of a house situated at Chilli Street Philippi, Cape Town, dried abalone packed in boxes were discovered at the back of the truck. Two occupants were then detained. Fakier however tendered in a guilty plea for two charges which includes possession and transporting 483 kg of dried abalone worth R2.4 Million.
Meanwhile, acting Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha has welcomed the sentencing.
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