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30 Jul 2018

TeleSur (Venezuela)

Honduras: NGOs denounce lack of transparency & access to information in Berta Caceres' murder trial

“Honduras: Prosecutors 'Withhold Evidence' In Berta Caceres Case”, 27 of July, 2018

A Honduran tribunal is deciding what evidence to admit in the trial of eight men accused of murdering environmental activist Berta Caceres, as human rights organizations and the victim's family accuse prosecutors of withholding evidence. Among the evidence are computers, smart phones, tablets, hard drives, cameras and other electronic devices confiscated during raids at the offices of Energy Developments (DESA) – the firm behind a hydroelectric dam Caceres had been opposing before her assassination – and Army Major Mariano Diaz. "With its acts, the Honduran investigative institute is not only violating internal law, but also international standards and the order from an internal tribunal," said Marcia Aquiluz, director of the Center for Justice and International Law's Central American chapter…The Civic Council of Peoples' and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) and Caceres' family have denounced the lack of transparency regarding the evidence confiscated by the Public Ministry. In a public letter… Central and North American human rights and social organizations demanded that the Public Ministry comply with the tribunal's petition regarding evidence, insisting enough evidence already exists to secure a conviction…The trial is scheduled to take place between September 10 and 28, 2018.