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Honduras: Lawyers for Victim Berta Cáceres Removed from Murder Trial

HeadlineOct 22, 2018

In Honduras, a court has removed lawyers representing the slain environmentalist Berta Cáceres from the trial of eight men accused of carrying out her murder. The victim’s lawyers had called for the three judges trying the case to be replaced, accusing them of bias, abuse of authority and of violating due process by prohibiting evidence. But on Friday the judges rejected the motion and instead ordered Cáceres’s lawyers removed from court proceedings. Cáceres won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work protecting indigenous communities, before she was assassinated in 2016 as she led a campaign against a massive hydroelectric dam project.

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