The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Gunmen in Honduras kill landless peasants' lawyer


TEGUCIGALPA (AFP) - Gunmen killed a lawyer who defended landless peasants in a region of northern Honduras that has been the scene of deadly land disputes, a farmers' association said on Sunday.

Antonio Trejo, 41, was one of few attorneys who dared represent peasants locked in battle with wealthy landowners in the fertile Aguan Valley.

Trejo was shot five times on Saturday night outside a church where he had attended a wedding, a peasants' rights organisation called MUCA said in a statement.

"This is a really tough blow for us. He was a great man whom they could not defeat in the courts. So they killed him," MUCA spokesman Victalino Alvarez told AFP at the lawywer's wake on Sunday.