Who Ordered Killing of Honduran Activist? Evidence of Broad Plot Is Found
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times
Posted: February 12th, 2018
Two men kicked in the door to Berta Cceress house in the small Honduran mountain town of La Esperanza. One of them opened the door to her bedroom and fired six shots. She died moments later. The murder ... might simply have receded into a grim tally of regrettable losses. But Ms. Cceres, 44, had won international acclaim for leading her indigenous Lenca community against a dam planned on their land. Now, 20 months after the killing, a team of five international lawyers has warned that the people who ordered it may never face justice. The evidence, the lawyers said, points to a plot against Ms. Cceres that was months in the making and reached up to senior executives of Desarrollos Energticos, known as Desa, the Honduran company holding the dam concession. The existing proof is conclusive regarding the participation of numerous state agents, high-ranking executives and employees of Desa in the planning, execution and cover-up of the assassination, the lawyers wrote. Eight suspects are in custody, including ... a retired Honduran Army lieutenant who was Desas director of security until mid-2015. What the public ministry has yet to do is indict the people who hired Bustillo to plan the operation, said Miguel ngel Urbina Martnez, one of the lawyers reviewing the case. There was this criminal structure comprised of company executives and employees, state agents and criminal gangs that used violence, threats and intimidation, said Roxanna Altholz, [a] member of the lawyers group.
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