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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:19 PM

Honduran prosecutors to charge another in activist's murder

By Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press | Updated - Feb 5th, 2019 @ 12:28pm | Posted - Feb 5th, 2019 @ 10:05am

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to bring charges against a former executive who they allege was a mastermind behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres.

The chief prosecutor's office said it would seek formal charges against Roberto David Castillo Mejia for his alleged role at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

That hearing, however, was postponed at the request of Caceres' family.

Castillo was president of Empresa Desarollos Energeticos when Caceres was killed in 2016. Caceres led the fight against the company's construction of a dam, and was honored with a Goldman Environmental Prize.


Berta, together with members of COPINH, in a tribute to the murdered comrades
/ © Goldman Environmental Prize

Roberto David Castillo Mejia

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Berta Cáceres murder: ex-Honduran military intelligence officer arrested
David Castillo Mejía ran company building controversial dam
Environmental campaigner Cáceres killed exactly two years ago

Nina Lakhani
Fri 2 Mar 2018 15.40 EST

Honduran authorities have arrested a former military intelligence officer for masterminding the murder of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, who was shot dead exactly two years ago today.

David Castillo Mejía, the executive president of the company building a dam which Cáceres campaigned against, is the ninth person arrested for the murder, and the fourth with ties to the Honduran military.

Castillo Mejía is accused by arresting authorities of providing logistical support and other resources to one of the hitmen already charged.

He is the first person to be charged as being the “intellectual author” of Cáceres’s murder and the attempted murder of Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro.


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