Thai woman arrested in Kenya ivory bust

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 26 – A suspect from Thailand was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Saturday night with 19.5 kg of illegal ivory.

Police intercepted her on routine patrol while she was checking into a Kenya Airways flight at 11.30pm with 105 pieces of ivory bangles, necklaces and raw ivory while on transit from Maputo, Mozambique, to Bangkok, Thailand.

“She is expected to be arraigned before a magistrate at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday morning December 27, 2010,” said the Kenya Wildlife Service Corporate Affairs Officer Paul Udoto in a statement.

A seven-year-old boy and a man who were on the same flight were released after initial investigations failed to link them to the illegal cargo.

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