Zim­babwe clear Ce­cil the lion killer

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

Wal­ter Palmer ad­mit­ted to killing Ce­cil the lion in July but has al­ways de­nied that he acted il­le­gally.

Zim­babwe’s En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Op­pah Muchin­guri said he could not be charged as all his “pa­pers were in or­der”. Mrs Muchin­guri said Zim­babwe would now re­view how it is­sues hunt­ing li­cences.

The en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter had pre­vi­ously called for Mr Palmer to be ex­tra­dited and face pros­e­cu­tion. How­ever, it ap­pears that Mr Palmer broke no laws when he killed the lion us­ing a bow and arrow.

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