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Cecil lion hunt guide appears in court

The Zimbabwean hunter who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of organising an illegal hunt.

Theo Bronkhorst, who runs a safari company, denies any wrongdoing over the hunt in July when US dentist Walter Palmer paid to shoot the lion with a bow and arrow.

Zimbabwean officials have called for Palmer to be extradited from the US over the "illegal" killing, claiming he broke the law by financing an illegal hunt.

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First pictures of two accused over Cecil the lion killing

These are the two men accused of illegal poaching after Zimbabwe's best loved lion Cecil was shot dead.

Game park owner Honest Ndlovu and hunter Theo Bronkhurst are accused of illegal poaching. Credit: Reuters

Game park owner Honest Ndlovu and hunter Theo Bronkhurst are accused of illegal poaching after it was alleged a US dentist paid them £32,000 so he could shoot the lion.

Cecil, who was a much-loved tourist attraction and the subject of a university study, was then skinned and beheaded.

Walter Palmer from Minneapolis admitted killing Cecil but claims he was told the hunt was legal. It is not yet known if he will also face charges over the killing.

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