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September 15, 2021

Update on Trial of Honduran Democracy & Human Rights Defenders 
Edwin Espinal & Raúl Álvarez

~ Drop the Charges!! ~

Rights Action shares this update and analysis on Edwin and Raul's trial (facing trumped up charges filed by the corrupt, repressive, U.S. and Canadian backed government) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
This update is from and written by Karen Spring, Edwin's partner.
September 13, 2021

Day One: Edwin and Raul's Trial

· At approximately 7 am, people started gathering outside the Supreme Court in Tegucigalpa to support Edwin and Raul.

·  At approximately 9:30 am, the judges notified people interested in observing the trial that they would only allow 9 observers into the courtroom. When starting the proceedings at ~10 am, the judges informed everyone that the trial would not be broadcasted online until possibly the afternoon.

Outside the Court this Morning. From Left to Right: Prisila Alvarado, One of Edwin’s Two Lawyers; Edwin Espinal; Omar Menjivar, Edwin’s Second Lawyer; Alba Lopez, Member of the Committee For the Freedom of Political Prisoners in Honduras; and Raul Alvarez. 

Pre-Trial Procedural Stuff 

·  The trial process begins (as permitted by Honduran law) with the prosecutors and defense presenting additional evidence that was not presented in the evidentiary hearing. Today, the prosecutors mostly just clarified evidence that had previously been accepted by the court. In addition, 

·  Edwin’s defense team presented 9 documents outlining the state persecution that Edwin has faced since 2009 and one witness, Mery Agurcia from the Honduran human rights organization, COFADEH. The court did not permit any of the evidence presented by Edwin’s defense arguing that they were irrelevant to the crime being tried and were out of context. 

·  Raul’s defense argued that the raid of Raul’s house after his detention was illegal and that all evidence related to the raid, should be excluded.

·  The judges verified the dates that two pieces of evidence had been presented to the court. After discovering that the prosecutors had given the court key evidence just one week before the trial date instead of two months prior (as the court had ordered) the judges warned that they would report this to authorities in the Public Prosecutor’s office. In short, the prosecutors defied a court order violating Edwin and Raul’s right to defense and timely access to evidence. 

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Contact info
Karen Spring (in Honduras)
Email: [email protected]
Janet Spring (in Canada)
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