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Wed Mar 9, 2016, 01:42 AM

3. Berta Cáceres murder: Honduras blocks sole witness from leaving country

Berta Cáceres murder: Honduras blocks sole witness from leaving country

  • Mexican Gustavo Castro, who was wounded in attack, stopped at airport
  • Castro says crime scene was altered and activist allies treated as suspects

    David Agren in Mexico City
    Tuesday 8 March 2016 18.19 EST

    Officials in Honduras have refused to allow the only witness to the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres to leave the country and return to his native Mexico.

    Gustavo Castro Soto, coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico and director of the NGO Otros Mundos, was shot twice during the attack on Cáceres on Thursday morning, and only survived by playing dead. Officials are treating him as a protected witness, according to the Associated Press, but activists say that the Honduran attorney general’s office has issued a 30-day immigration alert against him, preventing him from leaving the country.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Otros Mundos and Friends of the Earth Mexico said the order was “unjust and unnecessary” as Castro has “provided sufficient information to prosecutors to clarify the facts of the case and has not been informed what procedures remain outstanding”.

    “Gustavo Castro is not being treated as a victim of an assassination attempt, instead his life is being put at risk, along with his right to free movement.” The statement said that when Castro attempted to catch a flight out of the country on Sunday, he was stopped at the immigration desk of the Tegucigalpa airport and refused permission to proceed to his gate.

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