Honduras Prosecutor Seeks Charges Against Coup Leaders
By SOF Editor on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:43pm
The Honduran attorney general's office has issued "abuse of power" charges against military commanders involved in the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June.
Prosecutors say the top leaders charged include Army Commander Romeo Vasquez Velasquez. The prosecutors say they presented the charges to the Supreme Court, which has three days to respond.
The Supreme Court has sided with coup leaders in several rulings. The Honduran Congress is also reported to be considering amnesty for those involved in the coup, as well as for Mr. Zelaya, who faces charges of treason and abuse of power.
Interim President Roberto Micheletti held discussions Wednesday in Tegucigalpa with visiting U.S. diplomat Craig Kelly, deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, on the nation's political crisis.
The two met for at least two hours on reuniting the parties involved in the political stalemate.
In a televised interview Wednesday, Mr. Micheletti accused the U.S. of pressuring him to step down by January 15, with the promise of millions of dollars in aid to Honduras. He says he will stay in office until President-elect Porfirio Lobo takes office January 27.
The State Department has said the U.S. is trying to help the parties move forward in implementing an agreement, known as the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, on ending the turmoil over Mr. Zelaya's removal. The deal calls for the creation of a national unity government and a truth commission to look into the circumstances of the military-backed coup.
Mr. Zelaya was overthrown June 28 and sent into exile. He returned to Honduras in September and has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa under the threat of arrest. Mr. Zelaya's opponents say he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.