Safari Operator Defends Second American Accused of Killing a Lion in Zimbabwe: 'He Conducted His Hunt in Good Faith'
08/04/2015 AT 03:00 PM EDT
Headman Sibanda, a safari operator, told The Associated Press that his client Dr. Jan Casimir Seski, a gynecological oncologist from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, had the necessary paperwork in place when he shot a lion with a bow and arrow in April in a restricted area near Hwange National Park.
"[Seski] conducted his hunt in good faith and now is being treated like a criminal," Sibanda told the AP. "He is an honest man who came into this country to give us business. He doesn't deserve all this attention and harassment."
Sibanda noted that officials had not taken Seski into custody. Sibanda, however, was arrested and the government wildlife body said he had no permit to hunt lions on his land, according to the AP. He is assisting police.
The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority maintain that Seski hunted and killed the lion illegally.
The accusation comes just days after another American, Dr. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, ignited international controversy for killing one of the country's most famous lions, Cecil.
Protesters across the country called for justice for the animal and Zimbabwe officials are seeking to extradite Palmer, who contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcment last week. Palmer previously said that he thought the $55,000 hunt was legal and did not know that Cecil was a local favorite.
While Seski's case has not garnered such attention, an investigation into the April hunt is underway even though Sibanda holds that everything in Seski's hunt was "done aboveboard," according to the AP.
He added: "[Seski] should be allowed to have a good night's sleep because his conscience should be clear."