Honduras tolerates death-squad style groups: panel
October 4, 2012, 7:01 am
TEGUCIGALPA (AFP) - The Honduran government tolerates illegal groups that operate as death squads, a truth commission said Wednesday in a report on the effects of the 2009 coup against president Manuel Zelaya.
The panel, which includes Nobel laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Spanish legal expert Luis Nieto, discussed the 366-page report at a public event with Zelaya in the crowd.
"Starting with the coup d'etat, and with the government's acquiescence... groups have developed and been allowed to operate outside the legal system. They use the methods and procedures of death squads," said the report.
"These groups appear to be linked to organized crime, to drug trafficking and to actions that are usually described as 'social cleansing,'" it added.