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Zimbabwe Seeks Extradition Of U.S. Citizen For Killing Lion

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The U.S. dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe should be extradited to face charges, Zimbabwe’s Environment Minister, Oppah Muchinguri, has said.

Walter Palmer’s extradition was being sought so that he could “be held accountable for his illegal action,” she said.

Palmer, from Minnesota, is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt the lion, known as Cecil.

He says he thought the hunt was legal and was unaware Cecil was protected.

BBC Africa Live reports that at a news conference in the capital, Harare, Muchinguri referred to Palmer as a “foreign poacher”.

“As we frantically try to protect our wildlife from organised gangs such as this one, there are people… who can connive to undermine Zimbabwean laws,” she said.

“One can conclude with confidence that Palmer, being an American citizen, had a well-orchestrated agenda, which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA,” Muchinguri added.

She also said that Palmer’s use of a bow and arrow against Cecil was in contravention of Zimbabwean hunting regulations, Reuters reports.

Two Zimbabwean men have been implicated in the death of the lion.

A professional hunter has been charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt – which he denies – and prosecutors are deciding on the exact charges the landowner should face.