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Convictions for murder of environmentalist

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TEGUCIGALPA – A court in Honduras last Thursday, seven men found guilty of the murder of prominent environmentalist Berta Cáceres, in 2016. In January, the penalty is known. The seven have the chance of imprisonment of up to thirty years.

Two men also run the risk of a higher punishment, because they are also guilty to attempted murder of the Mexican activist Gustavo Castro, that Cáceres was when she was attacked. A suspect was acquitted. The alleged mastermind behind the murder, a former director of an energy company, DESA, is being separately tried.

Among the convicts are an army officer and two employees of DESA. Cáceres, sat in for the rights of the Lenca indians, who fought against the construction of the controversial hydroelectric power plant in Agua Zarca by Desa. For her work as coordinator of the council for indigenous peoples in Honduras, she received the prestigious Goldman environmental prize.

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