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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:08 AM

In Honduras, a controversial tycoon responds to critics

In Honduras, a controversial tycoon responds to critics

Miguel Facusse denies being behind the killing of a Honduran human rights lawyer, among other allegations. He says he is a convenient scapegoat.

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2012

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Miguel Facusse has his share of enemies. Even his friends acknowledge that the man who may be the most powerful person in Honduras is no angel.

Around his neck, he wears gold medallions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary; on his desk, he usually keeps a pistol although he tells a reporter in a rare interview, "I removed it so you wouldn't see it."

The 89-year-old businessman travels this capital city in an armored SUV followed by bodyguards in a chase car and crisscrosses the country in his King Air turboprop, swooping down in other Central American nations where he also has businesses.

Or he flies off to his private airport at a vast nature reserve stocked with deer and jaguars. Armed guards watch over the animals and his guests alike.


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