Publication Date : Sunday 23 August 2009 09:00
Zelaya ‘would Face Trial if He Returns’
Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya would face trial if he returns to the country, Honduras’ Supreme Court has announced. Zelaya was ousted in a military coup on June 28 after he decided to hold a referendum over the presidential term limit. The coup was condmened by the international community. On Saturday, the court said that Zelaya must keep in mind pending charges against him. The court has charged him with treason and abuse of power. Mediation talks to resolve the crisis led by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias that was focused on achieving Zelaya’s return to Honduras under a national unity government failed after the Honduran president opposed Zelaya’s return. A delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) is to visit the Central American country on Monday to seek reconciliation, the OAS said earlier. The delegation is to include foreign ministers from Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The OAS has suspended Honduras from membership, saying it is imperative that Zelaya, a democratically elected president, be restored to his office.