Accused murderers of environmentalist, Jairo Mora to remain jailed

Jairo Mora, a Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist, was found shot dead on May 31st, 2013. (WIDECAST)

Jairo Mora, a Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist, was found shot dead on May 31st, 2013. (WIDECAST)

February 5th, 2014 (ISH/AFP/InsideCostaRica.com) Six suspects who have been arrested in connection with the murder of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will remain behind bars until at least May 1, according to the Limón Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Ernesto Enrique Centeno, José Bryan Quesada, William Delgado, Donald Salmon, Héctor Cash and Felipe Arauz have been in preventative detention since they were taken into custody on July 31.

 

The men are being jailed while prosecutors build a case.

 

Darwin Salmon, who also is a suspect, will have a hearing before a judge on Feb. 9.

 

The suspects were taken into custody on July 31st in a series of raids in Limon.

 

Jairo Mora, 26, was shot dead on May 31, after being intercepted on Moin beach by a group of hooded men.

 

Mora was accompanied by four women — three Americans and a Spaniard — who were walking the beach with him to keep poachers from robbing turtle eggs.

 

The women were separated from Mora and locked in an abandoned building, while the environmentalist was taken away to his death.

 

His nude, bound body was found face down in the sand with a gunshot wound to the chest.

 

During the July raids, police said they recovered some bags that belonged to the women, and that some of the arrested had records for assault and violations of environmental laws.

 

Mora worked on a conservation project sponsored by local environmental group Eco Paradero and international organization Widecast.

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