Prosecutors in Ho Chi Minh City have ratified charges of smuggling against a man who was caught carrying two rhino horns worth a total of US$60,800 at a local airport in 2007.
According to the indictment, Hoang Van Chung, 27, did not declare to customs the horns he was carrying when arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on a flight from Hong Kong on June 25 that year.
Chung later told police that he had bought the horns at a market in South Africa, where he worked as a shop assistant since October, 2005.
He said the horns weighing 3.2 kilograms in total cost him $10,000. He planned to re-sell them in Vietnam, Chung said.
Related agencies later estimated that the horns would have been worth $60,800, and decided to place Chung under investigation in July the same year.
However, Chung had fled the country by then and did not turn himself in until three years later.
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