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Honduras: Eighth suspect arrested in investigation into murder of environmentalist Berta Cáceres

Author: Simon Hunter, El País (Spain), Published on: 19 January 2017

“Eighth arrest made in hunt for killer of environmentalist Berta Cáceres”, 16 January 2017

The investigation into the murder of Honduran environmental campaigner Berta Cáceres has taken a new turn. Mexican Federal Police officers have arrested one of the suspects…, a 26-year-old former member of the military…A total of eight people have been detained so far...Cáceres was killed on March 2, 2016…The winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize…had made a lot of enemies during her years of activism…Her last battle was…against a dam in Agua Zarca [, which] would have drained the River Gualcarque…Cáceres mobilized the indigenous communities and took her campaign outside the borders of Honduras, managing to get the World Bank and the Chinese public company Sinohydro to abandon the construction project. The Honduran company Desarrollos Energético SA (DESA) was left in charge of the work, and this was allegedly at the origin of the killing…[T]he arrests have not managed to bring any closure to the case… [since] senior figures from DESA are yet to be arrested…

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Related companies: Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA) Sinohydro