October 27, 1999 |
Carlos. Fransisco. Rene Pinto Polaco. Prisoner Sauceda. Mario was here. Carved roughly into the bricks of an abandoned jail cell a few yards from an airstrip that U.S. forces built in 1983, the names symbolize the mystery of El Aguacate. The United States used this air base in eastern Honduras to supply and train Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries, known as Contras, fighting their country's leftist Sandinista government in the 1980s.
August 13, 1999 |
A U.S.-built military base in Honduras contains cramped metal cells apparently used to torture and kill political prisoners, a top Honduran official said. The cells, along with dozens of possible grave sites, were discovered at El Aguacate air base in eastern Honduras, which the United States built in 1983 for Nicaraguan Contra rebels, who fought a U.S. proxy war against the leftist Sandinista government in their neighboring country. Forensic experts from the U.S.
April 17, 1997 |
Honduran Supreme Court Judge Marco Tulio Alvarado denied a U.S. request to extradite former Haitian police chief Lt. Col. Michel-Joseph Francois, who is accused of helping Colombian cartels ferry at least 33 tons of drugs into the United States. Alvarado said U.S. authorities had failed to provide credible evidence supporting the petition for extradition. Francois is wanted by a U.S. federal court in Miami on drug-related charges. Francois could be released from prison soon if the U.S.
December 23, 1996 |
CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz has reopened an investigation into the failure of agency clandestine officers to report allegations of torture by a CIA-supported Honduran military-intelligence unit in the mid-1980s, according to agency officials and congressional sources.
August 31, 1994 |
As Cuban refugees took to the seas again in large numbers Tuesday, the Clinton Administration won agreement from Panama, Honduras and another nation to accept up to 17,000 more Cuban migrants if detention camps at the Guantanamo Bay naval base fill up. The Coast Guard said its cutters had picked up 1,234 migrants by 6 p.m. EDT, following the recovery of 112 on Monday.
July 11, 1993 |
The soldiers stopped the crowded bus on its busy morning route the other day and ordered the young male passengers to step off, new "recruits" for the Honduran army. Then something went wrong. A youth tried to escape through a rear door and the soldiers opened fire, killing a 22-year-old woman and wounding two Hondurans and a Canadian citizen.