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Honduran court clears Generals for role in coup

The Americas Post - The fight is over for former Honduran President Zelaya. Photo: Wikimedia

The Supreme Court of Honduras’has exonerated six army generals who were accused of overthrowing former president Manuel Zelaya and flying him to Costa Rica in 2009.

In a 12 to 3 vote, the court rejected charges of abuse of authority charges against now-retired Gens. Romeo Vasquez, Luis Prince, Venancio Cervantes, Miguel Garcia, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Carlos Cuellar.

In a statement released Thursday, the court announced that all six have been released from detention.

Soldiers evicted the leftist president from Honduras in June 2009, after he defied a Supreme Court order to drop plans for a referendum on reforming the constitution.

Zelaya responded that the court decision was “unjust”, but not unexpected.

“It’s annoying that those behind the coup are being protected”, he said.