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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:18 AM
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Congress grants amnesty to Honduran interim leader, others involved in coup
Congress grants amnesty to Honduran interim leader, others involved in coup
2010-01-16 11:16:01

TEGUCIGALPA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Honduran Congress has approved a decree to grant amnesty to those involved in last June's military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, local media reported Friday.

The decree, approved on Wednesday night, will ensure the safety of post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti as well as that of his family.

Seventeen ministers and vice ministers of the de facto government, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Jorge Aviles, and General Prosecutor Luis Rubi will also be amnestied.

The amnesty issue has aroused controversy among different sectors of Honduran society. Some believe this is the only solution to the country's political crisis, which was triggered by the coup. Others reject it on the grounds that it will enable those who committed crimes to go unpunished.

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/16/content_12...
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:56 PM
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1. Just part of our proud legacy of secretly welcoming Nazis.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:21 PM
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2. Does this "anmesty" extend to the president's trumped up charges?
This is sickening.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:20 PM
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3. WW4 Report thinks Xinhua got it wrong:
Honduras: whither amnesty?
Submitted by WW4 Report on Sat, 01/16/2010 - 18:36.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua, citing "local media," reports Jan. 16 that the Honduran congress approved a decree to grant amnesty to de facto president Roberto Micheletti and others involved in last June's military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. However, actual local media (Radio Progreso, Jan. 15; El Heraldo, Tegucigalpa, Jan. 12) report that the National Congress voted Jan. 12 to put the issue off until a new congress convenes after president-elect Porfirio Lobo Sosa takes power later this month.

An amnesty bill was introduced by president-elect Lobo earlier this month, and debated before being shelved. Lobo, now a National Party legislator, The head of the National Party bloc in Congress, plugged the bill as part of a national reconciliation process. Rodolfo Irias Navas, defended the bill, stating during the debate, "Amnesty will undoubtedly benefit all... I reject that amnesty is impunity." He asserted that the bill "clearly defines what crimes are covered." These include treason, terrorism, sedition and corruptionpresumably covering the military's June 28 arrest and summary deportation of Zelaya. (Honduras News, Jan. 11)

The source of the confusion may be a measure passed Jan. 13 that grants a security detail for life to Micheletti and some 50 other officials of the de facto regime, including Supreme Court president Jorge Rivera, Prosecutor General Luis Rub, and six members of the armed forces high command. (Tiempo, Tegucigalpa, Jan. 14) ...

http://www.ww4report.com/node/8212

But, to answer your larger question: No, the amnesty bill wouldn't cover Zelaya
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