The President of the Honduran Supreme Court has freed the five commanders of the armed forces of penal responsibility about an hour ago. They were guilty of violating the constitutional protection of Honduran citizens from exile or extradition when they forced Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica.
I was nervous about this. It wasn’t very logical that any other outcome would arise, but the threat of imprisonment might make a real military coup a very tempting offer for the military should they be condemned.
The chief justice cited the presence of about 900 foreigners of Venezuelan, Nicaraguan and Spanish nationalities “representing an enormous danger to national security”. Evidence was presented of the involvement of Venezuela and Cuba in the process of establishing a “fourth urn” which was a call to a referendum on a Constitutional Assembly to rewrite our Constitution.
More troubling to me is the rumor of an amnesty-related ruling by congress to be announced today. Should that be the case, many crimes will go unpunished. Is this worth it to regain the graces of countries who repudiated us?