Leaked court documents raise concerns that the murder of the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces. Cáceres was shot dead a year ago while under state protection
after receiving death threats over her opposition to a hydroelectric dam. She was winner of the prestigious Goldman environmental prize in 2015. Last year, the Guardian
reported that a former Honduran soldier said he had seen Cáceres’s name on a hitlist
that was passed to US-trained units. Sgt Rodrigo Cruz said that two elite units were given lists featuring the names and photographs of activists – and ordered to eliminate each target.
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