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Police say two Chinese convicts who were found guilty of illegally dealing with abalone are set to be deported and barred from from entering South Africa forever.
“Lin Liuyi (28), and Yang GuiKang (45), were arrested on 27 August 2019, when a Hawks’ Organised Crime Investigation led a multidisciplinary team which included Crime Intelligence, Special Task Force and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The team conducted a search and seizure operation at two dwellings along Sering Avenue and Kasselsvlei Road Belleville in Cape Town.”
Officials say they found freshly harvested, dried and cooked abalone valued at approximately R2 million which was seized as well processing equipment at the time of their arrest.
“In terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the court made the following orders in addition to the sentence, the accused are to forfeit all benefited proceeds of their unlawful activities. The confiscated amount is to be paid into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account (CARA) and the State’s Attorney account. A Mercedes Benz ML 350 valued at R150 000 has also been forfeited to the State” added the police.
Among several other charges they were found guilty of is landing, selling, receiving or possession of fish taken in contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act, and each sentenced to 12 months direct imprisonment half of which is suspended.