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Activists offer reward for the capture of Albert Cattouse’s killer

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Following the shooting death of activist Albert Cattouse, the group Belize Leaders for Social Justice has offered a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to the capture and conviction of his killer.

The BLSJ condemned Cattouse’s murder as emphatically as it could, calling on other activists and the Belizean public to take a stand against the violence that has been plaguing Belize. The group was also disturbed by what it feels is the possibility that Cattouse may have been targeted for his role in protesting corruption.

“The Activism Community and Human Rights Defenders are concerned that this murder can be related to Mr. Cattouse outspoken condemnation for acts of corruption and the injustices levied on our citizens by the Government of Belize,” the group said.

Minister of Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr. told the media this week that he has heard the rumor that Cattouse may have been targeted for his activism, and assured the public that the allegations are untrue. Aragon also assured the public that the police are doing everything they can to ensure that the matter is investigated thoroughly.

Seventy-two-year-old Albert Cattouse was shot in the back of the head shortly after 7 pm on Thursday night. A senior member of the group Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, Cattouse took to the streets just one week prior to protest the high price of fuel in Belize.

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