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Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Honduran Congressional Vice President Lena Gutierrez [official Facebook page] began her trial Wednesday for her role in the nation's recent medical sale scandal. The charges [El Tiempo report, in Spanish] include falsification of public documents and fraud against the government by drug sales to the Ministry of Health [official … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged [press release] the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website], recently returned from a five-day mission … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Honduras National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved constitutional reforms to set up an impeachment process [press release, in Spanish]. The amendments [El Heraldo report, in Spanish] follow a 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed former president Manuel Zelaya from office. There would be two steps … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved controversial amendments to the police law [materials, in Spanish] designed to eliminate corruption. Approval came after the congress voted to dismiss four justices [JURIST report] of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] last week after the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] for alleged abuse of their position. The dismissal of the judges came after the justices ruled last week [AP report] that a police reform bill supported by the congress … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Southern of Florida [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Friday that a suit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] over the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford [JURIST news archive] and his Ponzi scheme may proceed. The … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Thursday released their final report [Heraldo report, in Spanish] on the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power, declaring the coup unconstitutional, but stating that Zelaya was culpable when he ignored orders of … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed an agreement [text, in Spanish] Sunday allowing his return to the country after nearly two years in exile. The agreement, brokered by the Venezuelan and Colombian governments, was signed [Heraldo report, in Spanish] in Cartagena, Colombia, by Zelaya … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] A Honduran court on Monday dismissed the two remaining charges of conspiracy against former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], allowing him to return to the country. The ruling could lead to Honduras being readmitted to the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website], which expelled the … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Friday released the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. The report outlined three prevailing trends that shaped human rights in 2010. These included the growth of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the increase in access to the Internet and mobile … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] on Thursday to compel the release of documents related to the 2009 Honduras coup [JURIST report]. The complaint names the US Department of Defense (DOD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official websites] as defendants alleging the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] told reporters Thursday that the ICC has opened preliminary investigations in Honduras and Nigeria. The Honduras investigation [Reuters report] will focus on the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zeleya [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] from power. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nicaragua [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday replaced seven justices who had been boycotting sessions. The judges, affiliated with the opposition Liberal Constitutionalist Party, had been boycotting the court for 10 months [AP report] following the decision of President Daniel Ortega [official website, in Spanish] … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A Honduran judge on Friday dropped two abuse of power charges against ousted leader Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Humberto Palacios dismissed the charges [AP report] because of the amnesty [JURIST report] granted to those involved in Zelaya's removal by the Honduran congress in January. Zelaya … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday accused the Honduran government of failing to address human rights violations [press release] stemming from the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power. AI contends that hundreds of people opposed to the coup … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that Honduras has dropped proceedings against Brazil [press release, PDF] relating to the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] in Honduras. The Honduran interim government began the proceedings [press release, PDF] last October in response to the sheltering of former … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Honduran truth and reconciliation commission on Tuesday began investigating the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power. The commission is tasked [LAHT report] with understanding what happened before, during, and after the coup and making recommendations for the future. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Feb 2010

John Green [Senior Research Fellow, Council on Hemispheric Affairs]: "When Honduran President Porfirio Lobo predictably chose several days ago to pardon the military leaders involved in the June 28, 2009 coup against his predecessor, President Manuel Zelaya, he was staying true to traditional Central American form. Lobo, who supported the … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2010
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] Honduran President Porfirio Lobo [NYT profile] on Wednesday granted amnesty to both former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and military leaders accused of participation in a June 2009 coup [JURIST report] against Zelaya. Making the decree during his inaugural address [Wall Street Journal report], Lobo said … [read more]

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