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Honduran Judge’s Car Stolen, Along with Case File of Murdered Human Rights Activist

LADB Article ID: 80140
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2016-11-10
By: George Rodríguez

Rampant corruption, a fact of life in Honduras, may have touched the investigation of the murder of Honduran human activist Berta Cáceres: The case file has been stolen. According to the official version and to local media accounts, two men held up a magistrate of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court of Justice, CSJ) as she was driving her car. The men forced the judge out and escaped in the vehicle––taking the file with them. Magistrate María Luisa Ramos, of the CSJ’s Corte de Apelaciones (Court of Appeals), reportedly intended to study the documents at her home in order to draw up a ruling on an appeal lodged by the defense of the six suspects in the case. The suspects include an Army major, his twin brother, and a retired captain. Cáceres, an indigenous Lenca leader with a national as well as international reputation because of her tenacious work as a human rights advocate, a feminist, and an environmentalist, was gunned down on March 3 in her house in La Esperanza, her home town, 180 km northwest of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

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