PBI-Honduras accompanies the Committee of Families of the Detained-Disappeared at trial in the murder of Keyla Martinez

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On October 3, PBI-Honduras tweeted:

“During the past week we accompanied Cofadeh [the Committee of Families of Detained- Disappeared in Honduras] in the trial hearings for the case of Keyla Martínez. The amparo resolution presented to the CSJ [Supreme Court of Justice] for the advancement of the trial is pending. We hope that Keyla and her relatives can obtain justice.”

On Facebook, PBI-Honduras adds:

“According to data from the Observatory of Violence against Women of the Center for Women’s Rights (CDM), up to August of this year a total of 198 femicides have been recorded in the country, leaving more than 95% of the cases unpunished.”

Criterio.hn recently reported:

A year and seven months after the murder of Keyla Patricia Martínez Rodríguez, the oral and public trial began this Thursday, September 22, in the courts of Siguatepeque, Comayagua, against the only policeman who is indicated as involved in the case, Jarol Rolando Perdomo Sarmiento.

Jarol Perdomo was accused by the Public Ministry (MP) of aggravated femicide, but the court of La Esperanza, Intibucá, was in charge of classifying the crime as simple homicide.

On February 7, 2021, the date of the crime against Keyla Martínez, a 26-year-old nursing student, more than 13 agents were on duty at the Police Departmental Unit Number 10, in La Esperanza, Intibucá, where she had been locked in a cell.

“We know that it was not only a policeman who murdered Keyla, we know that the State of Honduras is responsible for the murder, the femicide of our comrade Keyla Martínez,” said Yessica Trinidad, Director of the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras (RNDDH).

The development of the oral and public trial is scheduled from Thursday 22 to Thursday 29 September 2022.

Photo of Keyla Martinez.


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