Hwange regional court has dismissed the application for discharge by the defence team representing seven Chinese nationals who are in court facing charges of illegally possessing 20 kilogrammes pieces of rhino horns worth around $1 million.

Regional magistrate Mr Collet Ncube dismissed the application for discharge of the seven Chinese nationals.

Lawyer Mr Givemore Mvhiringi of Mvhiringi and Associates who is representing the accused had submitted application of discharge arguing that the state led by senior prosecutor Mrs Martha Cheda had failed to prove to the court that the seven Chinese nationals had a case to answer.

The Chinese nationals are expected to appear in court on the 19th of March where their lawyer is expected to present the defence outline.

The seven Chinese nationals who have been in custody since December 23 are alleged to have been found in possession of rhino horns pieces weighing 20 kilogrammes at a house in Aerodrome suburb in Victoria Falls.

After receiving a tip-off the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers together with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority officers raided the house and recovered the pieces of rhino horns in a bedroom used by one of the accused.