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The man convicted last year of coordinating the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres was sentenced on Monday to more than 22 years in prison, angering the victim’s family because the sentence was far less than the maximum.
A judge sentenced Roberto David Castillo Mejía to 22 years and six months in prison for the murder of Cáceres, a member of the Lenca indigenous group who led opposition to a dam project in which Castillo Mejía was involved. You can appeal.
Olivia Zúniga Cáceres
Olivia Zúniga Cáceres, the daughter of the activist who protested with others outside the court, said she would do whatever it takes to get a tougher sentence.
“It is extremely outrageous that the maximum sentence was not imposed,” said Zúniga Cáceres, noting that the convicted gunmen received longer sentences.
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In December 2019, seven men were sentenced to prison for the murder of Cáceres. Four men were sentenced to 34 years for murder and 16 years for attempted murder. Three others were sentenced to 30 years in prison for their roles.
“It is the result of a judicial system that has nothing to do with justice, which encourages impunity,” said Zúniga Cáceres, who also said he was still awaiting the arrest of other people. implicated in the order of his mother’s murder.
At the time, prosecutors said the killers were acting on behalf of a company called Desa, which was building a dam that the activist opposed. Castillo Mejía, who runs the project, was arrested in 2018.
Prosecutors say Castillo Mejía paid the killers, provided logistical support and made resources available to those already convicted.
Cáceres was co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. He helped organize resistance to the Agua Zarca Dam to be built on the Galcarque River. The river has spiritual significance for the Lenca people and is not just a basic water source. The dam project remains frozen.
Cáceres won the prestigious Goldman Prize in 2015 for his environmental activism. She was murdered on March 3, 2016 at her home in La Esperanza. A Mexican activist who was there with her was also shot but survived.