Berta Caceres killing: Honduras arrests four suspects

    by Gustavo Palencia, Reuters
    Tuesday, 3 May 2016 11:21 BST

Women participate in a memorial service for slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres during a protest to demand justice, in San Salvador, El Salvador, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

Honduran police have arrested four people in connection with the killing of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres, including an employee of a company whose project she helped block, the attorney general's office said on Monday.

Caceres, 43, who fought to stop the construction of hydroelectric plants and mines on indigenous territory, was fatally shot in La Esperanza, Honduras, in early March, sparking domestic and international outrage.

One suspect was a man working for Desarrollos Energeticos, or DESA, a local firm behind the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project that Caceres managed to bring to a halt after mobilizing residents and activists, the attorney general's office said.

Hidroelectrica Agua Zarca, a unit of DESA, said in a statement it was surprised that the man, identified as Sergio Rodriguez, had been arrested and that it had no "material nor intellectual" connection with the killing of Caceres.

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