Zimbabwe clear Cecil the lion killer
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.