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Guide, Farm Owner Granted Bail In Zimbabwe Lion Killing

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Jul 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:35:19-04

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A Zimbabwean judge has granted bail to the two men arrested for helping an American tourist illegally hunt a protected lion.

Defense lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi said Wednesday that professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst and his co-defendant, farm owner Honest Trymore Ndlovu, were release on $1,000 bail.

The two Zimbabweans allegedly helped Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer lure and kill a protected lion named Cecil.

Zimbabwean prosecutors' documents accuse Bronkhorst of failing to "prevent an unlawful hunt." Court documents say Bronkhorst was supervising while his client, Palmer, shot the animal.

The court documents made no mention of Palmer as a suspect.

The two appeared at the Hwange magistrate's court, about 435 miles (700 kilometers) west of the capital Harare.

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