Acquittals in turtle conservationist's murder

Costa Rica

Hundreds of protestors gathered outside Costa Rica’s Supreme Court of Justice on Jan. 29 to denounce the acquittals of the seven men accused of murdering 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval in May of 2013. A three-judge criminal court panel had caused widespread public shock three days earlier when it announced the acquittals on grounds of reasonable doubt. The men, members of a gang that illegally removed eggs from sea-turtle nesting grounds, had been held since their arrest on July 31, 2013. Three of the suspects—Felipe Arauz, William Delgado and Darwin Salmón—were released following the verdict. The four others—Héctor Cash, Enrique Centeno, José Bryan Quesada and Donald Salmón—were convicted on separate rape and robbery charges brought... [Log in to read more]

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