The widows of four indigenous leaders slain in Peru’s Amazon say the investigation into their husbands’ September deaths, allegedly by illegal loggers, is stalled.
Only two of the four bodies of the Ashaninka leaders have been recovered, including that of village chief Edwin Chota.
Chota had for more than a decade petitioned for title to the ancestral 300-square-mile tract on Brazil’s border, resisting persistent death threats from loggers, two of whom are under arrest as suspects in the killing.
The widows complained in Lima on Monday that investigators say they lack the funds to hire a helicopter to visit the remote village of Saweto.
After the killings, Prime Minister Ana Jara promised a thorough, vigorous investigation. And authorities said they would expedite the land title request.