Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed.
[First Sergeant Rodrigo] Cruz’s unit commander, a 24-year-old lieutenant, deserted rather than comply with the order.
Five men have been arrested for her murder, including Maj Mariano Díaz Chávez, an active-duty major in the Honduran army. Díaz had previously participated in joint US-Honduran military operations in Iraq, and is reported by local media to be a graduate of the elite Tesón special operations course which is partly taught by US special forces….
Human rights groups have condemned US support for Honduran security forces amid mounting evidence implicating police and military in systematic abuses.
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