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Debris at Beirut’s port after the explosion on August 4. Credit: Hannah McKay/Reuters

by OCCRP and Partners

21 August 2020

The explosives factory that was meant to receive the Rhosus’ cargo also shares an address with ExploAfrica, a company co-owned by the Vieira family. Confidential corporate and government documents shared by the Conflict Awareness Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit, show that ExploAfrica and its affiliates were investigated by South African and Portuguese authorities for obtaining U.S. and Czech weapons that later ended up in the hands of rhino and elephant poachers in South Africa’s Kruger National Parks on the border with Mozambique. Read the Article Here

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Large-caliber weapons, manufactured in the Czech Republic, used by poachers of rhinos in South Africa are acquired in hunting shops in Maputo with the connivance of high-ranking officials in the ministries of the Interior, Agriculture and Tourism. One of the weapons companies have links with the Ministry of Defense, with the SISE and son of President Filipe Nyusi.

Following the series of numbers that identifies each firearm NGO Conflict Awareness Project (CAP in the acronym in English) found that large - caliber weapons were used in the poaching of rhinos in Kruger National Park in South Africa, they were manufactured in the Czech Republic by a company called Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod (Czub).

Although Rhino poaching has started more than two decades from 2010 increased significantly. Until that time the animals were killed to obtain their horn w...

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