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U.N. concerned about missing files in case of murdered Honduran activist

FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, a woman holds up a poster with a photo of slain environmental leader Berta Caceres, during a protest march in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Authorities said that unidentified gunmen killed Nelson Garcia, a colleague of Caceres, who was slain almost two weeks ago in similar circumstances. Honduran authorities announced Thursday, Sept. 8, that they have arrested a sixth suspect in the March killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, a woman holds up a poster with a photo of slain environmental leader Berta Caceres, during a protest march in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Authorities said that unidentified gunmen killed Nelson Garcia, a colleague of Caceres, who was slain almost two weeks ago in similar circumstances. Honduran authorities announced Thursday, Sept. 8, that they have arrested a sixth suspect in the March killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The United Nations office in Honduras expressed concern about last week's theft of case files in the killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres.

The office called on the Honduran government Monday "to recover the stolen information and carry out a rapid and efficient independent investigation."

Unidentified assailants stole the files from the car of appeals court justice Maria Luis Ramos in Tegucigalpa, the capital. Supreme Court President Rolando Argueta said it was normal for judges to take home case files, but said the practice has now been forbidden.

Authorities have arrested a half dozen suspects in the March killing of Caceres, including a man who worked for the hydroelectric project that she opposed. Caceres led the defense of the Gualcarque River in western Honduras against the proposed Agua Zarca dam.

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