Convictions in murder of Costa Rican activist

Costa Rica

Police led four men out of a Costa Rican courtroom in handcuffs on March 29, closing the book on a three-year murder case that spotlighted the dangers facing conservationists in this ostensibly green-friendly nation. Judges gave the convicted men—Héctor Cash, Ernesto Enrique Centeno, José Bryan Quesada and Donald Salmón—the maximum 35 years in prison for the murder of 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval as well as an additional 12 years for the kidnapping of four foreign volunteers. Three other men—Felipe Arauz, William Delgado and Darwin Salmón—who prosecutors argued were members of the same gang that illegally collected sea turtle eggs, were acquitted on all charges. The 2013 murder on Moín Beach, located on Costa Rica’s... [Log in to read more]

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