Honduran public ministry appeals against amnesty of coup commanders

11:02, February 24, 2010      

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The Honduran public ministry on Tuesday appealed against the amnesty of military commanders who orchestrated last year's coup that ousted elected president Manuel Zelaya.

"The public ministry, after the ruling on definitely pardoning the commanders involved in the coup, presented its appeal for re-consideration," said Jorge Rivera, the justice presiding over the country's supreme court which has been put in charge of the coup case.

The appeal was presented to the chamber of appeal under the supreme court.

The top military officers behind the coup were released last Friday as a judge described their action as out of the "state of necessity," which the officers claimed to be aimed at avoiding violence in the country.

The commanders included five generals in the positions of the chief of staff, assistant chief of staff, chiefs of the air force, navy and the army.

They are General Romeo Vasquez, General Venancio Cervantes, General Miguel Angel Garcia Padgett, General Luis Javier Prince, Admiral Juan Pablo Rodriguez and General Carlos Cuellar.

Honduras began to implement the decree of amnesty pardoning those involved in the coup and their supporters on Monday, after the country's newly-formed Congress approved the amnesty on Jan. 26.

The amnesty was also granted to former President Zelaya who was ousted by the coup on June 28 last year.

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo announced the amnesty during his Jan. 28 inauguration in the presence of representatives from many countries.

The amnesty, agreed upon as part of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement to solve the Honduran political crisis, will remain valid for 40 years.

Source: Xinhua
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