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Honduran human rights lawyer killed, rights group says

A land rights group says famed Honduran human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera has been shot to death while attending a wedding.

The Peasants Movement of the valley of Bajo Aguan says in a statement that Trejo was shot five times Sunday in the capital of Tegucigalpa.

The lawyer had represented three lands rights groups in disputes between agrarian organizations and landowners. More than 60 people have been killed in such disputes over the past two years. Trejo had also helped prepare motions declaring unconstitutional a proposal to build three privately run cities with their own police, laws and tax systems.

Just hours before his murder, Trejo had participated in a televised debate in which he accused congressional leaders of using the private city projects to raise campaign funds.