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Thursday, June 20 2019 @ 11:02 AM UTC

Body Of Embera-Wounaan Indian Exhumed In Logging Conflict Investigation

Environmental IssuesThe Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences yesterday exhumed the body of the indigenous Aquilo Opua, who died last Friday in a clash between settlers and Embera-Wounaan in the community of Platanal, Chimán district. These actions are part of the investigations being conducted by the Public Ministry, after a dispute over the alleged illegal logging of cocobolo would result in the death of Opua and the settler Ezequiel Batista, whose body is at the Judicial Morgue in Chepo. The Public Ministry said an autopsy was conducted on Batista's body to determine the causes that led to his death. Public Ministry officials also held a collection of evidence in the area to incorporate into the record for murder that was opened for this case. Leonides Quiros, the legal representative of the Embera Wounaan Congress, said those responsible for these deaths are the authorities, because they have not energetically enforced the law. (Siglo)
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