16 Sep 2015

Cecil the Lion accused arrested for antelope smuggling

11:15 am on 16 September 2015

A Zimbabwean professional hunter charged over the death of Cecil the Lion has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle sable antelopes.

Theo Bronkhorst

Theo Bronkhorst Photo: AFP

Theo Bronkhorst was detained after the discovery of 29 antelope being smuggled into South Africa.

He is in custody in the southern city of Bulawayo, police said.

Mr Bronkhorst is on bail for running the allegedly illegal hunt in July culminating in the killing of Cecil the Lion by US dentist Walter Palmer.

The case sparked an international outcry, with Mr Palmer only returning to work earlier this month after going into hiding.

Much-loved Zimbabwean lion "Cecil" -pictured here in 2012 - was allegedly killed by an American tourist using a bow and arrow.

Much-loved Zimbabwean lion "Cecil" -pictured here in 2012 - was allegedly killed by an American tourist. Photo: AFP

Conservationists in Zimbabwe said Cecil - a major tourist attraction - had been lured out of a national park using bait before being shot.

Mr Bronkhorst is due to appear in court on the smuggling charges on Wednesday.

Three South African men have also been arrested after the vehicle they were using to transfer the antelopes got stuck in a river.

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