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Zimbabwe drops charges against man who killed Cecil the lion

Walter Palmer arrives at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Palmer shut his dental practice in July amid a firestorm of protests after he was identified publicly as the big game hunter who had killed the rare black-maned lion, Cecil. REUTERS/Eric Miller

Zimbabwe drops charges against man who killed Cecil the lion

The US dentist who sparked international outcry after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe will not be prosecuted because he had the legal authority to hunt, officials say.

According to the BBC  Walter Palmer had admitted killing the lion with a bow and arrow, in July, but had always maintained he had done so legally.

Zimbabwe’s Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri said recently that Palmer could not be charged as all his “papers were in order”. She had previously called for Palmer to be extradited and face prosecution.

“We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” Muchinguru said.

Cecil the lion. PHOTO: AFP

Cecil the lion. PHOTO: AFP

 

She said Zimbabwe would now be reviewing how it issues hunting licences.

Palmer’s Zimbabwean guide, Theo Bronkhurst, is still facing trial on a charge of failing to prevent an illegal hunt.

Cecil the lion, a 13-year-old animal, was well known in the Hwange National Park as being friendly towards visitors and distinctive because of his large size and black mane.

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One Comment on Zimbabwe drops charges against man who killed Cecil the lion


  • Maureen
    October 16, 2015 2:26 pm

    How can you ZIMBABE let this BARBARIC MORON GET AWAY WITH KILLING CECIL, HE MIGHT HAVE HAD PAPERS TO LEGALY KILL A LOIN, BUT HE DID NOT HAVE PERMISION TO KILL THAT LION CECIL, AND WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING THESE MURDEROUS MORON INTO YOUR COUNTRY TO KILL YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIONS AND WILDLIFE, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY WE AND YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER, WILD LIFE HAS TO BE PROTECTED FROM DISGUSTING EVIL PEOPLE LIKE WALTER PALMER, PLEASE BAN THE KILLING OF ALL WILDLIFE IN YOUR COUNTRY NOW AND PROSICUTE THIS EVIL KILLER, AS HE DID NOT HAVE PERMISION TO KILL CECIL.

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