Honduras 'to try generals over coup'

An army spokesman told local radio America that Vasquez had called on military lawyers to take on the case.

Honduras 'to try generals over coup'

Honduras' attorney general charged the country's top military chiefs with abuse of power for a coup that ousted president Manuel Zelaya, court sources said on Thursday.

Armed forces chief of staff General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, Air Force chief Venancio Cervantes and Navy chief Luis Javier Prince were among those accused over the arrest and expulsion of Zelaya to Costa Rica on June 28.

An army spokesman told local radio America that Vasquez had called on military lawyers to take on the case.

Rights groups had called on the country's legal institutions to denounce the military for their involvement in the coup and heavy-handed clampdowns on protests by Zelaya supporters in its aftermath.

Zelaya, toppled on June 28 when soldiers roused him from bed and flew him to Costa Rica, has been mired in political limbo since he snuck back into Honduras in September.

In November, Honduras elected as "president" opposition leader Porfirio Lobo, who is pushing for a general amnesty for all involved in the coup, including Zelaya.


Agencies

Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2010, 13:13
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