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Honduran supreme court threatens to put ousted president on trial upon return
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07:58, August 24, 2009

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Honduran Supreme Court warned in Tegucigalpa on Saturday that if ousted President Manuel Zelaya returns home, he'll face trial on charges of treason and abuse of power.

In a statement, the Honduran top court said Zelaya must abide by the existing Honduran law and accept the court's verdict. Rulings to pardon the ousted president and his followers should be made according to law.

The court expressed support to an item contained in the San Jose Accord, which required Zelaya drop the non-binding referendum that could have led to a lifting of presidential term limits.

The accord, issued on July 22, was part of the mediation efforts by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to help break the current political impasse in Hoduras. However, the involved parties failed to reach consensus on the accord as they remained far apart on key issues such as Zelaya's return to power and the holding of early elections.

In Honduras' first official response to the accord on July 28, the Supreme Court described as "unpractical" the accord's proposal of advancing the general elections scheduled for Nov. 29 to Oct. 28.

The interim leader Roberto Micheletti also warned of a trial of Zelaya if he returns to Honduras.

Zelaya was ousted by a coup on June 28 and was sent to Costa Rica for exile. He has tried several times to return to Honduras, but so far without success.

Source: Xinhua

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