Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Zimbabwe hunter who helped kill Cecil the lion, in court on fresh charges

Theo Bronkhorst has been re-arrested and stands accused of ‘conspiracy to smuggle’ and ‘unlawful movement of animals’

AFP in Beitbridge

Tuesday 22 September 2015 19.55 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 22 September 201521.22 BST

The professional hunter who helped an American dentist kill Zimbabwe’s popular lion Cecil has appeared in court on new charges of planning to smuggle sable antelope out of the country.

Theo Bronkhorst, 52, was initially arrested on Monday last week in Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo, after he was linked to a plot to smuggle 29 sable into neighbouring South Africa.

Prosecutors withdrew the charges when he appeared in court on Wednesday, his lawyer Perpetua Dube told AFP.

He was re-arrested on Monday on new charges of “conspiracy to smuggle” in breach of customs laws and “unlawful movement of animals”.

A court in Beitbridge ruled that he be remanded in custody until a decision on his bail application is made on Wednesday.

Three South Africans are facing charges of trying to smuggle the 29 sable – a rare and expensive breed of antelope – out of Zimbabwe into South Africa.

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