Zelaya to Leave Honduras As Coup Leaders Cleared

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Democracy Now!
January 27, 2010

Zelaya to Leave Honduras As Coup Leaders Cleared

Honduras, ousted president Manuel Zelaya is due to leave the country today after president-elect Porfirio Lobo is sworn into office. Zelaya has taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa since returning to Honduras in September. On Tuesday, the Honduran Supreme Court dismissed all charges against six military commanders involved in the June 28th coup that removed Zelaya from office. We go inside the Brazilian embassy to speak with Democracy Now’s Andres Conteris.

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In Honduras, ousted president Manuel Zelaya is due to leave the country today after president-elect Porfirio Lobo is sworn into office. Zelaya has taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa since returning to Honduras in September.

Lobo was elected last November in a race boycotted by Zelaya supporters. Zelaya plans to travel to the Dominican Republic today under the terms of an agreement signed by Lobo and Dominican President Leonel Fernandez. Zelaya still faces treason and abuse-of-power charges, although Porfiro Lobo has indicated he supports granting him amnesty.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Supreme Court in Honduras dismissed all charges against six military commanders involved in the June 28th coup that removed Zelaya from office. The head of the armed forces, General Romeo Vasquez, air force chief General Javier Prince, and the navy commander, General Juan Pablo Rodriguez were among the officers being prosecuted. They were accused of abuse of power for ordering soldiers to storm into Zelaya’s house, arrest him and fly him to Costa Rica at gunpoint. Supreme Court President Jorge Rivera said in a statement that “prosecutors failed to prove the military chiefs acted with malice.”

For more we go to the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa where Manuel Zelaya has been holed up since returning to Honduras in September. We are joined via Democracy Now video stream by Andres Conteris, Program on the Americas director for Nonviolence International. He also works at Democracy Now! en Espanol.

Andres Conteris, Program on the Americas director for Nonviolence International. He also works at Democracy Now! en Espanol.

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