Honduran Attorney General’s Office Investigates Allegations
By Dialogo August 17, 2009The Honduran attorney general’s office is investigating allegations that the human rights of followers of ousted president Manuel Zelaya have been violated, but is also looking into whether Zelaya’s supporters are receiving financing from the FARC Colombian guerrilla group, officials said. “The attorney general’s office recognizes the right to demonstrate, whenever it does not infringe on the rights of others, and members of the resistance (against the coup d’état) have filed complaints of human rights violations by the police and the army, which are being investigated,” chief human-rights prosecutor Sandra Ponce told AFP. For his part, spokesman Melvin Duarte announced that “the investigation is continuing into the written complaint filed a few weeks ago” alleging that the FARC Colombian Marxist guerrilla group is financing the demonstrations by Zelaya’s supporters and that Venezuelan and Nicaraguan activists are participating in them. “Written complaints were filed a few weeks ago, and the Organized-Crime Bureau is taking the appropriate steps to obtain law-enforcement assistance on the basis of international conventions” in order to carry out the investigation, Duarte indicated. De-facto President Roberto Micheletti charged that FARC was financing the marches against his government. “There is a recognized political party that receives financial support from the FARC, and there is a workers’ organization that also receives money from the FARC. We have the evidence; it was sent from Colombia, and at the appropriate time, we are going to make it public,” Micheletti affirmed at a press conference. A delegation from the National Front for Resistance against the Coup d’état of 28 June asked the public prosecutor’s office on Thursday to investigate “abuses” by the police and the army, leader Rafael Alegría announced. “The attorney general’s office has the duty to investigate, and the investigation is being carried out, including the investigation of four deaths, those of Isis Obed Murillo, Roger Valladares, Pedro Pablo Hernández, and Pedro Muñoz,” Sandra Ponce, the prosecutor, affirmed for her part.