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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran police broke down the door of a radio station and arrested a journalist known as a strong critic of President Juan Orlando Hernandez who had holed up inside,...
Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation conviction
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran lawmaker was stripped of her seat in Congress on Monday after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker.
The court sentenced Maria Luisa Borjas of the opposition Libre party to serve two years and eight months in prison, but she can avoid jail by paying a fine equivalent to about $1 per day of the sentence.
Honduran prosecutors to charge another in activist’s murder
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to bring charges against a former executive who they allege was a mastermind behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres.
The chief prosecutor's office said it would seek formal charges against Roberto David Castillo Mejia for his alleged role at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
That hearing, however, was postponed at the request of Caceres' family.
Judge finds Honduras lawmaker guilty in defamation case
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A judge in Honduras found an opposition lawmaker guilty Tuesday of defaming and slandering a powerful local banker.
Maria Luisa Borjas of the Libre party was sued by Ficohsa bank president Camilo Atala in 2017 after she publicly read a list of suspected "intellectual authors" contained in a government investigative report on killings. Atala's was one of 16 names.
The lawsuit said Borjas' comments caused "irreparable damage" to Atala's reputation.
Honduran lawmaker faces defamation trial after naming names
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Days before Honduras' elections in 2017, a former high-ranking official in the national police, Maria Luisa Borjas, held a news conference at which she read from government investigative reports about three high-profile killings.
Correction: Honduras-Activist Slain story
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about the conviction of seven men in the killing of a Honduran environmental activist, The Associated Press reported erroneously that three of the men were convicted of lesser charges. All seven men were convicted of the same charge of murder in the killing of Berta Caceres. The AP also erroneously reported the name of Oscar Torres as Oscar Galeas.
A corrected version of the story is below:
7 found guilty in killing of Honduran environmental activist
Former Honduran president criticizes brother’s prosecution
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Tuesday that the Central American country's current government is trampling his honor by bringing corruption cases against his wife and most recently his brother.
Last week, prosecutors accused 91-year-old Ramon Lobo of pocketing some $300,000 that the government had paid soldiers guarding him at a ranch north of the capital.
Tropical Storm Michael drenches Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of families have been evacuated to shelters in Honduras as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Michael drench the Central American country on its way to the Florida Panhandle.
The Permanent Commission of Contingencies said Sunday that at least 260 homes have been damaged, mostly in southern Honduras, and that more than 6,000 people have been impacted by the rains. School was canceled nationwide Monday.
Trial for murder of Honduran environmental activist delayed
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' supreme court indefinitely suspended the start of a trial Monday of eight men charged in the 2016 killing of prize-winning Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres.
Judiciary spokesman Melvin Duarte said five related filings in the case have to be resolved first.
AP Photos: No going home for Hondurans deported to brutality
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — They cannot go home again.
For many Honduran deportees, home means a return to the brutality that sent them fleeing north in the first place.
In the neighborhoods where they grew up, corpses are dumped unceremoniously at construction sites, and carted off in body bags like loads of potatoes. Heavily armed police patrol from the back of pickup trucks, stopping to frisk pedestrians for weapons, drugs or other signs they belong to gangs.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The United States' top diplomat and a global human rights group called on the Honduran government Monday to hold members of its security forces responsible for alleged abuses after November's elections.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez the need to pursue those responsible.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' ruling party says it will cooperate with prosecutors' investigation into allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013 campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Correction: Honduras-Corruption story
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a story June 13 about Honduran prosecutors accusing politicians and officials of diverting government funds, The Associated Press reported erroneously the origin of an anti-corruption mission in the country. The mission is backed by the Organization of American States, not the United Nations.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Honduras probe: Funds diverted to president's 2013 campaign
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A U.N. agency called Thursday for an impartial investigation into the killing of three indigenous men by a military patrol in a remote part of eastern Honduras that is a common transit point for Colombian cocaine.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Texas-based pawn shop company has confirmed that four of its executives were aboard a private jet that crashed off the end of the runway in Honduras' capital.
Austin-based EZCORP says that the plane was carrying its four employees and two crew members. It says those aboard suffered mostly minor injuries, with one employee and one crew member suffering more serious injuries.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government expressed regret over a U.S. move Friday to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have resided in the United States for nearly two decades.
The foreign relations ministry said in a statement that it is a sovereign matter for Washington to decide, but added that "we deeply lament it."
Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Erika Bondy Pratt, a local artist and philanthropist, came to the United States at 17 in 1969 as an American Field Service exchange student. A long-time resident of The Woodlands, Bondy Pratt, 66, is a member of the Indian Springs Village Association and a volunteer with the Interfaith Community Clinic, International Friends, The Woodlands Art League and Aging in Place. Prior to coming to The Woodlands, Bondy Pratt worked for the American Embassy in her hometown in Honduras as a bilingual secretary. She studied Basic and Cobol programming and became knowledgeable in Wang computers, which were used in embassies around the world. Bondy Pratt has two daughters.
EU urges reforms after Honduras elections
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The European Union's electoral observer mission in Honduras says the country should eliminate a system that lets private media companies clear their government debts by running propaganda and also end criminal charges for cases of defamation and libel.
Those were among 15 recommendations the mission made in a report released several months after the disputed November presidential election.
Dam executive arrested in death of Honduran activist
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities arrested an executive with a dam development company Friday in the 2016 killing of indigenous and environmental activist Berta Caceres, calling him an intellectual author of a crime that sparked an international outcry.
Honduras’ former first lady arrested in graft case
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Military police searched the home of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday and arrested his wife as part of a corruption probe by an international team of investigators.
Police arrived at the Lobo home outside the capital in six vehicles and searched the residence before leaving with former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla and her brother-in-law Mauricio Mora. Authorities did not say if Lobo himself was present.
Nikki Haley: Honduran leader should talk to opposition
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez should increase efforts to establish a dialogue with opposition leaders who claim he stole November elections, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during a visit to the Central American country.
Honduras opposition denies gang involvement in election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Leaders of Honduras' political opposition have denied accusations from the president that street gangs tried to swing the November election in their favor through intimidation.
Earlier this week President Juan Orlando Hernandez called for an investigation by the United Nations into whether the powerful MS-13 gang tried to influence the election's outcome. He did not provide evidence of such politically motivated intimidation.
Man shot dead at protest over Honduras’ disputed election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A man has been shot dead at a protest over Honduras' disputed presidential election a week after President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for a new term.
Hugo Maldonado is coordinator of the Committee on Human Rights. He identifies the victim as 40-year-old Guadalupe Ismael Hernandez.
Maldonado says witnesses reported Hernandez was killed Monday as military police fired live rounds to clear demonstrators from a highway near the country's Caribbean coast.
Protesters, police clash at roadblocks in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Clashes have broken out in Honduras as demonstrators protesting President Juan Orlando Hernandez's re-election blocked roads in several locations and police moved into to break up the barricades.
Police say four officers were injured Saturday, one seriously. At least seven demonstrators were detained.
Former President Manuel Zelaya has supported protests on behalf of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, who claims there was fraud in counts of the November vote.
Protests against Honduran leader’s re-election turn violent
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protests against the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and some marchers breaking windows and setting fires.
Video from Friday's protests showed former President Manuel Zelaya being shoved by military police. Zelaya and defeated presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla also suffered the effects of tear gas.
Honduras next in line for US decision on protected migrants
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — This week's news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras.
A decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, and it could have severe social, economic and political consequences for the Central American nation.
US man, woman killed in Honduras motorcycle accident
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' national police force says an American couple has been killed in a motorcycle crash on a rural western road.
A police statement said Tuesday that the couple's motorcycle was hit by a truck, killing the woman instantly. The man died soon afterward at a local clinic near the village of Santa Ana.
Officials say the truck had flipped over after apparently having mechanical problems.
Thousands march against election result in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition leader Salvador Nasralla gathered in Honduras' second-largest city Saturday to protest the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in a vote they say was fraudulent.
"We will not stop until Hernandez says he's leaving," Nasralla told supporters, many of whom chanted "JOH out!" referring to Hernandez.
Judge suspends 5 Honduran lawmakers accused of corruption
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran judge has suspended five lawmakers accused of diverting public funds, but refused prosecutors' request that they be held pending trial.
All five members of Congress declined to make statements during their initial appearances in court on Thursday.
Honduran prosecutors and the Organization of American States' anti-corruption mission announced the case against the politicians earlier this month.
Aide: Mismanagement claims meant to smear Honduras cardinal
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Honduran Catholic officials say reports of financial irregularities in the Tegucigalpa archdiocese are aimed at discrediting the archbishop, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a top papal adviser.
Honduras president calls for peace following re-election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez called on the country's leaders Tuesday to accept his disputed re-election and bring peace to the divided country, even as his challenger said he would once again challenge the official result.
"The people have spoken and it only remains to comply with their will, expressed freely at the ballot box," Hernandez said in a televised speech.
Honduras president declared election winner; unrest persists
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protests erupted across Honduras on Monday following an official declaration that President Juan Orlando Hernandez has won re-election, even as the Organization of American States proposed a re-do of the disputed vote.
The OAS, which sent election observers to the country for the Nov. 26 election, issued a statement saying it was impossible to determine the outcome with enough certainty due to irregularities.
Honduras’ electoral court declares president election winner
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the winner Sunday of Honduras' disputed election after three weeks of uncertainty and unrest in which at least 17 people died in protests amid the opposition's allegations of vote fraud.
Electoral court president David Matamoros made the announcement, saying, "We have fulfilled our obligation (and) we wish for there to be peace in our country."
Helicopter crash kills Honduran president’s sister, 5 others
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital.
Hernandez, 51, was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother and as minister of social development during the previous administration of then-President Porfirio Lobo.
Honduran government accuses opposition of spurring unrest
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The Honduran government is accusing President Juan Orlando Hernandez's political rivals of ordering "gangs" to block streets and undertake other acts of violence amid protests over the disputed Nov. 26 election.
The government said late Friday that "the gangs tried today to harm Hondurans, seizing roads with the desire to create chaos and a state of terror" on orders from opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla and ex-President Manuel Zelaya.
Opposition blocks highways after Honduras presidential vote
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades Friday to protest Honduras' disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results.
Demonstrators spread oil, diesel and nails on the roads to impede passage by police and military vehicles and threw rocks at security forces, who responded with salvos of tear gas.
Honduran authorities allege 5 lawmakers diverted funds
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Five federal lawmakers in Honduras allegedly diverted public funds to their own use, authorities said Monday.
The deputies from the country's Congress requested the funds for a nonprofit group, which cut checks to them immediately after receiving the money, according to the investigation.
Honduras’ electoral court finds results ‘consistent’
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' electoral court finished a hand recount of votes in nearly 5,000 ballot boxes Sunday, saying results were "extremely consistent" with original data for the presidential election two weeks earlier despite delays, irregularities and allegations of fraud leveled by the main opposition candidate challenging President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Honduran opposition challenges election results at deadline
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The challenger in Honduras' still unresolved presidential election has filed a challenge to the Nov. 26 contest that seeks to annul the results and requests a recount.
Salvador Nasralla, candidate of the opposition alliance, and his campaign team handed over the paperwork with just minutes to spare before a midnight deadline Friday.
Last day to make formal challenge to Honduras’ election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — International observers urged Honduras' opposition Friday to file a formal complaint about the country's troubled Nov. 26 election as the deadline fast approaches.
Challenger Salvador Nasralla and his opposition alliance have demanded a total recount that would exclude Honduras' electoral court. Complaints must be filed by midnight Friday.
Both Nasralla and incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez have claimed victory.
Trump administration praises Honduras amid election crisis
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Amid a deepening electoral crisis in Honduras, the administration of President Donald Trump on Thursday certified the country's progress in protecting human rights and attacking corruption.
Honduras president says open to review of disputed vote
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Eight Latin American governments on Wednesday applauded Honduras' willingness to recount disputed votes in the presidential elections, but questions remain about how thorough that recount will be.
The eight countries — Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay — said in a statement: "We call on the citizens of Honduras to await peacefully the result of the recount."
Rebellious police return to duty amid disputed Honduran vote
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Police officers returned to duty Tuesday after briefly refusing to enforce a curfew aimed at quelling protests over the slow vote count for Honduras' Nov. 26 presidential election.
Supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked some highways, deepening the country's political crisis amid claims of fraud by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who ran for re-election and held a small lead in the final vote tally.
Nabbed at a Pizza Hut, fugitive lawyer returns to justice
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A lawyer who spent six months on the run after pleading guilty in a $500 million Social Security fraud scheme was being flown back to Kentucky on Tuesday after he was caught outside a Pizza Hut in Honduras.
Honduran opposition rejects president’s lead in last tally
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The final vote count in Honduras' presidential election left the incumbent with a narrow lead Monday, while the main opposition candidate called the tally a fraud and urged the police and armed forces to take control "to ensure the votes of people are respected."
Electoral officials said they were not declaring a winner yet, to allow the filing of challenges and appeals.
Government restarts vote count in Honduras despite protests
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran electoral authorities on Sunday restarted the long-delayed count of ballots from last weekend's presidential election amid protests by supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, who is calling for a re-do of the entire vote.
Opposition calls for re-run of disputed Honduras vote
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The main opposition candidate called Saturday for Honduras' disputed presidential election to be held again after the country erupted in deadly protests over the delayed vote count and the government imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew.
Amid disturbances, Honduras to hand-count final votes
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' electoral court has finished counting nearly 95 percent of the vote boxes from last Sunday's presidential election and said Friday it would conduct a hand count of 1,031 other boxes that presented "inconsistencies."
Incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez held a lead of more than 46,000 votes over challenger Salvador Nasralla before the last-stage count. It was not immediately clear how many votes could be at play in the uncounted boxes.