Trial Of Alleged Mastermind Behind Honduran Activist Murder Begins
Umer Jamshaid 9 days ago Wed 07th April 2021 | 05:30 PM
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, April 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Apr, 2021 ) :The trial of a businessman accused of being the "intellectual author" of the 2016 murder of high-profile Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres has begun in the capital Tegucigalpa.
Her murder brought international attention to the threats and intimidation faced by environmentalists and rights activists in the Central American nation.
"There is overwhelming proof against David Castillo and he should be convicted," Caceres' daughter Berta Zuniga told AFP at an indigenous religious ceremony organised in front of the court where the trial opened Tuesday.
"Berta (Caceres) did not die, she multiplied", shouted around a hundred people, in front of an altar with candles, flowers and photos of the environmentalist.
He was accused of masterminding her murder, in connection with which other DESA employees have already been convicted.
The hydroelectric dam was planned to sit across the Gualcarque River, on which indigenous communities depended -- and protests organised by Caceres and her organisation COPINH had paralyzed the construction site.