The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it is dismayed by the acquittal of seven men in the murder of environmental activist Jairo Mora Sandoval.
The organization does not mince words. In a news release it says: Court could not condemn the murderers, but we all know who they are.
“The verdict of the Court of Limón has dismayed our organization, Sea Shepherd said in a news release. “The murder of a young man who dedicated his life to protecting marine life should not go unpunished.”
The organization noted that one of its boats has been named after Mora and that Sea Shepherd and Latin American Sea Turtles Association launched Operation Pacuare, a campaign against poaching to protect sea turtles at Playa Pacuare in the province of Limón.
“The goal for this year is to expand this operation and the vigilant patrols of turtles in Moin Beach as a way to continue to honor the memory of Jairo and the important work he accomplished in Costa Rica,” the organization said.
“Beyond the technical flaws, which prevented the court from issuing a guilty verdict, Costa Ricans know who are the culprits,” Sea Shepherd concluded.
The acquittals are expected to be appealed on the grounds that the trail court excluded evidence that should have been admitted. Still, the court in its verdict outlines what appears to be sloppy investigative work.
The organization’s opinion reflects a lot of what average Costa Ricans think. A vigil is planned for today at the court complex.
Sandoval was killed at Playa Moín where he was going with four volunteers to protect the nests of sea turtles May 31, 2013.