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Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas

HeadlineJan 30, 2019

In Honduras, a judge found opposition lawmaker and prominent police critic María Luisa Borjas guilty of defamation Tuesday. Camilo Atala, president of Ficohsa Bank, sued Borjas after she publicly read his name from a list of suspected masterminds in the 2016 assassination of renowned indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres. Borjas was formerly a high-ranking official in the Honduran police force. Human rights groups have condemned the case and the “chilling effect” of such lawsuits. The Honduran Committee for Freedom of Expression said Tuesday’s verdict poses “a grave threat to democracy.”

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