"Alleged Mastermind Of Honduran Activist’s Murder On Trial"

"TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The trial of an alleged mastermind of the killing of Honduran environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres began Tuesday, five years after the prize-winning activist was shot to death.

Prosecutors say David Roberto Castillo Mejía, president of a company building a dam that Cáceres had been fighting, coordinated her 2016 killing.

The judge complained Tuesday afternoon that the trial was starting hours after it had been scheduled. Castillo Mejía was not even brought to the courthouse until after midday.

The defense team argued that the trial should be delayed because they had filed still outstanding challenges and continued awaiting the results of some forensic analyses. The court recessed, but returned later and rejected their petition."

Marlon González reports for the Associated Press April 6, 2021.

Source: AP, 04/07/2021