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Zimbabwean trial of guide who helped US hunter kill lion named Cecil is postponed to Sept. 28

  • Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst is seen in his car with his lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi, back, upon their arrival at the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst is seen in his car with his lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi, back, upon their arrival at the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst prepares to enter the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst prepares to enter the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst pours himself some water upon his arrival at the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst pours himself some water upon his arrival at the magistrates courts to face trial in Hwange about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28.

Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Givemore Muvhiringi, Bronkhorst's lawyer, asked for the trial postponement so he can prepare the case. The prosecution did not object and Magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa approved the postponement.

Bronkhorst assisted Walter James Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil in early July. Zimbabwean officials say the killing of the lion was not approved and a Cabinet minister says Palmer should be extradited.