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Cecil the lion: Zimbabwe hunter bailed over killing

July 29, 2015 6:17 pm

A hunter accused of helping a US tourist kill Zimbabwe’s most famous lion has been released on bail.

Theo Bronkhorst pleaded not guilty to a charge of “failing to prevent an unlawful hunt”. He was granted bail of $1,000 (£638) and ordered to appear in court again on 5 August.

His co-accused – farm owner Honest Ndlovu – will appear at a later date.
Walter Palmer, the US dentist who shot the animal known as Cecil, has left Zimbabwe but could also face charges.

Mr Palmer said he paid for the hunt, but was not aware of the lion’s identity.

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He said he regretted shooting the animal, and believed he was on a legal hunt. He had relied on professional guides to find a lion and obtain the necessary permits, he added.

Mr Bronkhorst and Mr Ndlovu could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

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