Harare - A Zimbabwean high court has dropped charges against
the professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed
prized lion Cecil last year, his lawyer said Friday.
"The high court has said the charges were flawed and,
therefore, should be set aside," lawyer Perpetua Dube told AFP.
She said the judge had ruled Thursday that the charges
"did not constitute an offence.
"It's a great relief for Mr Bronkhorst," said
The high court ruling followed an application by
Bronkhorst's lawyer for a review of a previous decision by a magistrate's court
to have him tried over the 2015 hunt which led to the death of the iconic lion
renowned for its distinctive black mane.
Also read: Zimbabwe court says local Cecil hunter to face trial next month
The hunt provoked worldwide outrage after it emerged that
Cecil not only was a popular attraction for visitors to famed Hwange National
Park, but that he wore a collar as part of an Oxford University research
Bronkhorst, 53, had been charged with "failing to
prevent an illegal hunt" when American trophy hunter, dentist Walter
Palmer, paid $55,000 to shoot the lion with a bow and arrow in July last year.
Zimbabwe decided not to charge Palmer after it emerged he
had legal papers allowing him to hunt.
Bronkhorst denied any wrongdoing, saying he had the required
permits to kill an elderly lion that was outside the national park boundaries.
Cecil, who was 13 years old, was killed outside the reserve, which is not
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