I have just heard on the radio that the US authorities are not going to charge Walter Palmer for the killing of Cecil the lion because his paperwork was in order.
I’ve also learnt from the BBC that this infamous US dentist who sparked an outcry, internationally, after killing Cecil, a well-known lion in Zimbabwe, will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe either, because all his papers were in order, said Zimbabwe’s Environment Minister Mrs Oppah Muchinguri. At one time she had proclaimed to the world that the state was going to prosecute him but this appears to be a complete U-turn. I am not surprised about this and I expect that other cat lovers will be unsurprised as well.
You may remember that the minister had previously called for Mr Palmer to be extradited to face prosecution in Zimbabwe. But…..
“We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order” so said Oppah Muchinguri.
Well, that is the disappointing update on Walter Palmer and Cecil the lion. You can read all the articles on Walter Palmer by clicking on this link.
It surprises me that the authorities in Zimbabwe did not know the law properly or did not know the facts properly before making a declaration some months ago about proceeding with prosecuting Mr Palmer. This is a complete U-turn and it will disappoint the majority of people who read the story. In fact, I’ll bet that it disappoints the majority of people generally.
Mr Palmer’s Zimbabwean guide, Theo Bronkhurst, is, however, being prosecuted and his trial is due to continue on Tuesday.
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