Zimbabwe demands extradition of American lion killer

Zimbabwe has demanded the extradition of the American dentist who killed the iconic Cecil the lion which is at the centre of a global uproar.
Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said Walter Palmer was a foreign poacher who financed an illegal hunt. She said the government was demanding he be brought back to face justice.
The minister was speaking to journalists in Harare on Friday.
“We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be made accountable for his illegal actions,” she said.
Palmer has admitted he killed the collared lion after it was lured from the Hwange National Park to a private game reserve with food.
Theo Bronkhorst, a Zimbabwean professional hunter accused of helping Palmer to kill and behead the collared lion, was on Wednesday granted $1,000 bail after he was charged over Cecil’s killing.
Bronkhorst was slapped with stringent bail conditions that will see him surrendering his passport and reporting twice to the police every week.
He will reappear in court on August 5 to answer charges of failing to prevent an illegal hunt.
The owner of the private game farm where the lion was killed, Honest Trymore Ndlovu, is yet to be charged and could appear in court next week.
Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill the popular lion which conservationists said helped Zimbabwe rack in thousands of dollars in tourist revenue every year.
The local tourism industry has described the killing of the lion as tragic. The lion’s death dominated world news this week and has reignited debate on trophy hunting in Africa.