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Chief Warden, Two Others Charged in Murder of Suspected Poacher

December 20, 1988

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) _ Three officials were charged Tuesday with the murder of a suspected poacher in a wildlife sanctuary, attorneys said.

The three were arrested by police investigating the Nov. 10 shooting death of a Zimbabwean near Makuti, about 225 miles northwest of Harare.

Glenn Tatham, chief warden in the state-run Department of National Parks; senior warden Steve Edwards; and Chief Inspector Charles Haley, a police ballistics expert, pleaded innocent and were released on about $16,600 bail each.

Members of a ranger unit commanded by Tatham opened fire on two suspected poachers, killing the one who appeared to be raising his rifle, said defense attorneys, speaking on condition of anonymity. They said rhinoceros horn was found at the scene of the shooting.

Since 1984, more than 400 black rhinoceroses have been killed by poachers and rangers have killed more than 47 alleged poachers. A rhino horn can fetch up to $25,000 on the black market.

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