Zimbabwe Abandons Extradition Bid for Cecil the Lion’s Killer

Walter Palmer
Walter Palmer. Photographer: Jim Mone/AP Photo

Zimbabwe has called off its request for the extradition of Walter Palmer, the U.S. dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion.

Palmer’s documentation for a visit to the southern African country earlier this year was in order, Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told reporters in the capital, Harare.

“He is free to come, not for hunting, but as a tourist,” Muchinguri-Kashiri said.

Cecil, 13, was killed in July outside Hwange park in northwestern Zimbabwe, where he was a star attraction among tourists.

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