A judge on Tuesday night ordered three more months of preventive detention for seven defendants accused of participating in the murder of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora last year, according to the Limón prosecutor’s office.
The suspects – with the last names Aráuz, Cash, Centeno, Delgado and Quesada, and two brothers with he last name Salmón – were arrested on July 31, 2013 in a raid by the Judicial Investigation Police.
The prosecutor’s office also said defense attorneys requested a medical examination for Aráuz, who has a bone disorder and is now using a wheelchair. Following the examination, a judge will decide if Aráuz should continue in preventative detention or be released.
The arrests happened two months after Mora, a sea turtle monitor on Moín Beach on the Caribbean Coast, was stripped, beaten and left to suffocate in the sand. The suspects were allegedly part of a band of well-known poachers.
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