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Kenyan Judge Drops Murder Charge Against White Rancher

A Kenyan High Court judge has formally dropped murder charges against a prominent white rancher accused of killing a game warden.

Judge Muga Apondi Wednesday approved a request by the attorney general to drop the case against Thomas Cholmondeley, the grandson of one of Kenya's original British settlers, Lord Delamere.

Mr. Cholmondeley was charged with killing a plainclothes Kenyan game warden who was investigating allegations his ranch harbored illegal trade in game meat. The rancher said he thought the game warden was an armed robber.

Judge Apondi said the court was sympathetic to the pain of the deceased man's family but asked them to be patient and wait for the inquest into the killing.

Mr. Cholmondeley's ranch in the central Rift Valley is one of the biggest in Kenya.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.