On the very day that actions around the world delivered a petition with 137,000 signatures demanding justice for Jairo, Costa Rican police authorities conducted a series of raids on the Caribbean coast, arresting eight persons believed to be involved with the brutal murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist.
The arrests come two months after Sandoval and four women were kidnapped while patrolling the beach for nesting leatherback sea turtles. The four women were robbed, but escaped and called police.
Six men and one woman were arrested, and one suspect is still at large. Police claim they are part of a organized gang involved in robberies and rape of tourists and other local citizens, and that cell phones taken from the victims were recovered.
Activists associated with Mora dispute that robbery was the prime motive and note that Mora had previously been threatened by members of an organized egg poaching ring, possibly also involved in narco-trafficing.
The timing of the raids also come on the same week actions are being held in eight countries. In the US, 137,000 petition signatures were delivered to Costa Rica consulates in Los Angeles and Houston by SeaTurtles.org, the Center for Biological Diversity and local activists.
We are relieved that arrests have been made, but we remain vigilant to ensure that right people have been arrested, and are brought to justice.
To see photos of our action in LA, visit our Facebook page.
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Comment by Turtle Health Problems, Oct 9th, 2013 2:02am
Its good to know that justice will take its course
what a terrible thing a murder is
Comment by Obat Penurun Asam Lambung, Aug 29th, 2013 7:39pm
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Comment by Marcia Salmond, Aug 3rd, 2013 4:03pm
As sometimes happens once I start thinking about something more comes to me so here it is for what its worth.
I think the plane you are looking for is a jet with extra fuel capacity small leer maybe and someone may have heard it leave at false dawn. I think it landed atBakersfield airport in the early morning of June 1 and that footage of the parking lot if someone has any would show the killer also someone else who was waiting to know what they had beaten out of him.If you can check the log at the parking lot for pilots if there is a separate one you will find someone from the navy. I think that what they beat him to death to find out was whethethe had seen a periscope and if he had told anyone.
I also think he was a smart brave man and he spit at them at somepoint and that landed off the tarpalin they had laid out, I keep seeing a box under a work bench foot locker sized grey and crooked I think he spit there anyway someone could look. The other thing is I think if you can cross check who was on the control tower with the wolf killing incidents plus who is told to circle and wait for landing over the past months you will find a pattern and the circling allows for the drop and the wild life guys do the pick up.I know way too much TV what can I tell you this is just what comes to me
There was a woman with a baby who saw the plane leaving the airport in CR.and if you find a link on landing with people well I might just have something.Good Luck.
Comment by Marcia Salmond, Aug 3rd, 2013 7:38am
I don't think these are the ones. They are probably guilty of other crimes but my intuition is that Jairo was taken to the airport and beaten and questioned by by people who wanted to know what he had seen on that beach and who he had told.They did it there so police could secure the area and the head men could easily fly away. Then they took him to the beach.....so there are a couple of things to look into what boats were around in the preceeding month and what planes are logged in and does the fuel account tally with the records and the sherif wont be any help....at all.This my hunch they are usually pretty good but you have to take it as such.