A video of young men dragging a sea turtle behind a car in Costa Rica went viral Tuesday, eliciting a public outcry that coincided with the close of the trial over the murder of turtle conservationist Jairo Mora.
On Tuesday at 2 p.m. a Limón court is expected to decide the fate of seven suspects in the killing of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora. Mora's parents will get up before the crack of dawn to make the long journey to court, perhaps for the last time.
Moín Beach on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, was the site of the brutal murder of 26-year-old conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed on May 30, 2013 while protecting sea turtles from poachers. In January, the seven alleged poachers accused of his murder were acquitted.
The United Nations mission in Costa Rica released a statement Wednesday criticizing the acquittal of seven men accused of the murder of 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora. The U.N. urged the Costa Rican government to rectify the case and convict those responsible for the slaying.
From its outset, the Jairo Mora murder trial – perhaps one of the most globally monitored Costa Rican trials in recent history – was fraught with egregious delays and mistakes. Here is a timeline of the errors and mishaps that – in the judges' own words – left no other choice but a not-guilty verdict for all seven defendants.
LIMÓN -- After three months of trial marked by continuous delays and setbacks, a Limón court on Monday morning acquitted seven men of the murder of 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on the night of May 31, 2013, citing reasonable doubt, discarded evidence and an ineffective investigation.
The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the trial of seven men accused of murdering 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora nearly two years ago on a northeastern Costa Rican beach. A verdict is expected Friday.