A Zimbabwean court has dropped the charges against Theo Bronkhorst, who had a hand in the death of Cecil the Lion in 2015.
Cecil the Lion, a dark-maned Lion from the Hwange National park in Zimbabwe, was killed by a US Dentist Walter Palmer on the guidance of Theo Bronkhorst. Theo Bronkhorst a professional hunter and founder of Zimbabwe-based Bushman Safaris organized the hunt that led to Cecil being lured out. He was therefore found guilty by the government of Zimbabwe.
The government of Zimbabwe stated that it would not pursue Palmer, but instead would prosecute Bronkhorst, for playing a crucial part in the death of the famous lion. Since 2015, The latter’s lawyers had applied to have the charges dropped against him.
Not An Acquittal Of Theo Bronkhorst
Bronkhorst’s lawyer, Perpetua Dube told News24:
“The charges that were brought by the state in August last year have been set aside.”
Lawyer Dube insisted that charges against Bronkhorst being dropped by no means meant an acquittal of the convict.
“There was no full trial but the [High Court] judge has decided that the charges as they were brought at that time were not properly constituted. He’s agreed with us on that point. And that is all there is to it,” she said in a telephone interview.
“It’s not an acquittal, so it doesn’t have that effect,” she added.
Cecil the lion was lured out of the park by Theo Bronkhorst who shot the lion with a bow and arrow , chasing it down for 40 hours.
At the time Bronkhorst denied doing any wrong, saying :
“It was a magnificent, mature lion. We did not know it was well-known lion,” he told the Telegraph. “I had a license for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot.”