With over 250000 signatures to see the dentist extradited to Zimbabwe, many of us would like to see justice be brought to the dentist for the killing of Cecil the Lion. While the dentist is still out on the run, his accomplices have been caught and sentenced to death. Eventually the dentist will be caught but I don't think the government will send him to Zimbabwe to face the charges, here are the three reasons why:
1- Zimbabwe is a dictatorship country
The US rarely work well with dictatorship country. Most dictatorship states have little regard on human rights and as a result receives criticism from our media and diplomats. Years of accusation on a topic they do not want to change often sours relationships. While Zimbabwe is asking for Palmer's extradition, it is highly unlikely the US will comply with the demands of an totalitarian state.
2- Palmer may be part of the 1% and may have lots of friends in high places
We have heard of reports that Palmer has many powerful supporters based on the political favours he has done in the past from donating to the republican party, the NRA standing up for him and Donald trump defending his children on poaching animals.
3- Only the government of US may carry out the death penalty on US citizens.
This one is a sticky situation. the dentist is a US citizen and will be clinging on to it as long as he can to be treated under the US juridical laws. Knowing that Palmer will face the death penalty for killing Cecil the Lion, the US will be doing all they can to keep him on US soil and be tried by US law which may not be more lenient than the sentencing Palmer deserves.
It is highly unlikely the US government will extradite him to Zimbabwe. But we can still hope that Obama will override that and send him over for a fair trial.
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