Honduran military chiefs ready to face charges for coup

13:44, January 08, 2010      

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Honduras' chief of Army Staff Romeo Vasquez said Thursday that the military chiefs charged with "abuse of power" were ready to face justice.

"We believe in the Honduran justice. We will attend the court," Vasquez told reporters, adding that they have already hired a team of lawyers to defend them.

The Supreme Court of Justice issued a detention order against Vasquez and other top-ranking military chiefs who participated in the military coup against ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June.

Zelaya said Thursday in a statement that the de facto regime seeks "impunity" of those military chiefs by "using a new stratagem" to charge them with minor crimes.

Moreover, the Honduran Constitution prohibits the expatriation of Honduran citizens.

President-elect Porfirio Lobo Sosa, who won the election on Nov. 29 last year, has said he supported granting amnesty to both Zelaya and all of those involved in the coup.

Hundreds of Zelaya followers protested Thursday in the streets of Tegucigalpa against solving the problem by using political amnesty for Zelaya and threatening to withdraw from the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA).

It was not necessary to use the way of political amnesty, one of the protest leaders Rafael Alegria said.

The Honduran Congress will approve a political amnesty for Zelaya next Monday.

The Congress is also discussing the withdrawal from the ALBA, which the de facto government claimed to quit last December. Honduras joined the ALBA on Aug. 25, 2008 during the administration of Zelaya.

Source: Xinhua
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