Zimbabwean pair at court over Cecil the lion killing

HARARE - Two men have arrived at court in Zimbabwe facing charges over the killing of Cecil, the country's most famous lion.

Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and farm owner Honest Ndlovu, are charged with poaching offences for not having the required hunting permit.

US dentist Walter Palmer shot the animal with a bow and rifle.

Mr Palmer, who says he was unaware of the lion's identity, paid for the hunt and could also face poaching charges.

The two Zimbabwean men, who accompanied him on the hunt, could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

Mr Palmer says he regrets shooting the well-known animal and believed he was on a legal hunt, saying he relied on professional guides to find a lion and obtain the necessary permits.

Separately, court records have shown that the dentist has a felony record in the US after killing a black bear in the state of Wisconsin in 2006.

He was given a one-year probation and fined $3,000 (£1,900), having shot the animal outside an authorised zone and then trying to pass it off as having been killed elsewhere.

Records from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry also show that Mr Palmer was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint which was settled in 2006.

A receptionist alleged that he had made indecent comments to her. Mr Palmer admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to pay out more than $127,000 (£81,000).

Comments (12)

Extradite the 'evil dentist' Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe. Throw him to the lions where he will fight with no weapons. Fair fight - "tooth to tooth". Stupid American.

Cde X - 29 July 2015

It's time action was taken against these "supposed" legal shootings. This is the third killing of collared animals, Shepherd the lion and one of the last tuskers in Matusadona. Make an example and hope the message goes out!

Judith - 29 July 2015

Daily news please HELP us! The crime apparently occurred in our back yard. Why rely with bits and pieces from BBC. Make a follow up Where ,How When, who are these Honest Ndlovu and Theo bronchorst. These hunting issues has more than what meets the eye otherwise R.I.P cecil. Its time for Officer Makedenge to go and fetch the dentist in the U.S.A.

X-MAN IV - 29 July 2015

Officer Makedenge go fetch the lying US dentist. Cant he respect our laws?

shambamambo - 30 July 2015

As Swiss citizen, I've been shocked and ashamed about the news of this coward killing of such a magnificient lion. Why at all is trophy hunting still permitted in Africa, after all the plundering of the continent by us Europeans and nowadays inclusive of hunters and the likes from other continents? All such shameful activity must be prohibited immediately (like in Botswana) and any offence be sanctioned in strictest way. Shame on all foreign hunter who still go to Africa to deplete nature!

Peter Schuppli - 1 August 2015

That bastard has not only outraged Zimbabwe but all the world .? Only to see the petition DEMAND JUSTICE FOR CECIL THE LION IN ZIMBABWEhttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/?taf_id=14197152&cid=fb_na# we've got 985,440 signatures, help us get to 1,500,000

Laurent - 1 August 2015

Issue an arrest warrant for Palmer, the cost to extradite him is money well spent to send a message to his sort here in the USA. His previos felony for bear poaching proves his malice.

Ralph - 2 August 2015

Queen Elizabeth's lion, aptly names Ceil Rhodes, has put the American in trouble. Never touch the Queen's loot. Zimbabwe is paying for such acts of courage.

Chauruka - 2 August 2015

As a citizen of the world, I ask formally, do not forget the case of CECIL the lion, lest he fall into oblivion, it depends on the survival of lions. No hunting for trophy.


the cecil issue shows that something is wrong somewhere.We are told Cecil was under satellite surveillance,then how come the lion was killed when it was under constant surveillance.Somewhere there is a great rot.INVESTIGATE.

tawanda ndava - 4 August 2015

So an iconic lion has been killed by a trophy hunter, and all hell breaks loose. The question is, did the hunter have a male lion in his quoter??? If he did, why is Zimbabwe still allowing trophy hunters to hunt and kill such endangered species? This then shows that a complete review of the hunting business needs to be considered. On the other hand, if the hunter and his support group/guides did not have a male lion in their quoter, then we have a big problem. Its pure poaching and must be dealt with that way. Whatever the case, the authorities must consider a complete ban on big game hunting, no matter what the consequences will be. Wild life conservation will not die because of this. It is the business of hunting that is killing the animals.

SHIBOBO - 4 August 2015

Look for Dzamara pliz

piaget - 6 August 2015

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