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Honduras executive jailed for 22 years for the murder of environmental activist

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2022. 8:58 am CST.

Photo: COPINH Honduras

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Former President of the Honduran power company, Desarollos Energeticos, Roberto David Castillo was sentenced to 22 years and 6 months after he was found guilty of being a co-collaborator in the 2016 murder of environmental activist, Berta Caceres.

Caceres was a Lenca indigenous woman who led the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and was working to stop the power company from building a hydroelectric plant on her community’s ancestral lands.

Caceres was murdered in her home in March 2016.

The council welcomed the sentence and made a call for more investigations into those associated with the company.

In 2019, 7 people including another company executive were found guilty for their roles in Caceres’s murder.

Caceres was a teacher and won the prestigious Goldman Prize in 2015 for her environmental activism. Before she was killed, she had spoken out about the death threats made against her.

 

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