Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murder
LA ESPERANZA - Agence France-Presse
Officials said Castillo had served as CEO of the company Desarrollos Energeticos (DESA) - which Caceres actively campaigned against over plans to build a hydroelectric dam - at the time of the activist’s slaying.
He was “responsible for providing logistics and other resources to the perpetrators,” the statement said.
Caceres opposed DESA’s plans to construct the dam across a river upon which indigenous communities depended.
Two masked gunmen fatally shot the activist at her home in La Esperanza, northwest of the capital Tegucigalpa on March 3, 2016.
She was 44.
At least eight other people have been arrested in connection with the homicide -- among them employees of DESA -- but Caceres’s family has repeatedly demanded the masterminds be brought to justice.
“We respectfully request the immediate release of Mr David Castillo,” read the statement.
DESA’s dam project is currently suspended, but it has not been canceled.
Caceres “taught us to defend the river, the land and the forest - we are not going to surrender,” said Paulina Gomez, a member of the Lenca indigenous community, as she rallied some 400 marchers over a loudspeaker late on March 2 along the main street of La Esperanza.