Monday 11 December 2017

Cecil the Lion: Zimbabwe seeks US dentist's extradition over prized lion killing

Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion
A girl protests against the killing of Cecil the lion by hunter Walter Palmer
Protesters hold signs during a rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota
Protesters call attention to the alleged poaching of Cecil the lion, in the parking lot of Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental Clinic on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
A woman hangs a sign on the front entrance of the River Bluff Dental clinic during a protest against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 29, 2015. Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused American hunter Walter Palmer of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. As of Tuesday, Palmer had temporarily closed his office, River Bluff Dental, in Bloomington, Minnesota, amid wishes for his death and widespread criticism of his hunting on social media and under business reviews on Google and Yelp. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Cecil the Lion in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. shot dead by US dentist Walter James Palmer. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Extradition is being sought for the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, the country's wildlife minister has said.

Oppah Muchinguri, environment, water and climate minister, said that the government wanted him tried in Zimbabwe "because he violated our laws".

The minister added: "Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans. The processes have already started.

"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin.

"We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable."

American hunter Walter James Palmer has previously issued a statement saying he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal. 

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