Honduras summons top military officers to testify coup

09:38, January 12, 2010      

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The Honduran supreme court on Monday summoned senior military officers to testify last year's coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Supreme court president Jorge Rivera Aviles called upon the chief of the Joint Staff of Honduras Romeo Vasquez, vice chief Venancio Cervantes and other high-ranking officers to testify the coup that took place on June 28 last year.

The testimony, hailed as a hearing on "abuse of power," is scheduled for Thursday.

Juan Carlos Sanchez, chief of the army's legal department, said that the detention order issued against these top officers had been canceled due to the fact that they would attend the testimony on their own accord.

The Honduran authorities issued the detention order last week.

The supreme court president is expected to decide after the testimony on what legal actions to take against these military officers for their roles in the coup that ousted the elected president and forced him into exile in Costa Rica.

Other senior military officers summoned by the supreme court included the chief of the Army, General Miguel Angel Garcia Padgett; chief of the Air Force, General Luis Javier Prince; chief of the Navy, Rear Admiral Juan Pablo Rodriguez, and general inspector of the armed forces, General Carlos Cuellar.

The Honduran National Congress is reportedly preparing to discuss an amnesty for the others involved in the coup.

Source: Xinhua
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