Oaxaca: Suspect in Murder of Human Rights Defenders in San Juan Copola in 2010 Arrested

bety(@Amnesty International)

On January 22nd, almost nine years after the murder of Bety Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Antero Jaakkola (Finnish), human rights defenders who were murdered in San Juan Copala in 2010 while participating in a humanitarian mission, in 2019, Daniel Martinez Lopez was arrested in the municipality of Juxtlahuaca for his alleged participation in the case.

Omar Esparza, Bety Cariño’s husband, said he did not know whether the detainee is involved in the case or not, becaause, since the Prosecutor Ruben Vasconcelos Mendez arrived, “he has not dealt with us, attention is null and what we know is what is happening in the media … There is no information from the State Government and even less from the Prosecutor. We no longer know how many detainees there are, how many arrest warrants are pending and how many were released.” He reported that for the same reason an interview was requested with the Undersecretary of Human Rights of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, for the following week to learn about the advances in this case.

According to media, with this last arrest, “four still need to be arrested, and one was killed in Copala, while the former leader of the Social Welfare Union of the Triqui Region (UBISORT in its Spanish acronym), Rufino Juarez was recently acquitted.”

For more information in Spanish:

Detienen a un hombre por el crimen de los activistas Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (Proceso, 23 de enero de 2019)

Cae por crimen de activistas Alberta Cariño y Jiry Jaakola (NVI Noticias, 23 de enero de 2019)

Detienen a otro implicado en asesinato de activistas de Copala (El Imparcial de Oaxaca, 23 de enero de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: MEPs Highlight Lack of Political Will Regarding Murder of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño (February 26th, 2018)

Oaxaca/National: Another Suspect Implicated in the Murder of Defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakola Arrested (September 6th, 2017)

Oaxaca: Seven Years of Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Case (May 4th, 2017)

Oaxaca: European Parliamentarians Again Denounce Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case (March 6th, 2017)

Oaxaca/International: Fifth Person Arrested in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case (October 19th, 2016)


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