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Supreme Court Gives Opinion: Zelaya Will Face Trial for Treason if He Returns

August 22, 2009

Honduran top court: Ousted president to face trial

(AP) – 2 hours ago

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras’ Supreme Court says ousted President Manuel Zelaya would face trial if he returns to the Central American country.

The Honduran top court is giving its opinion on a plan to solve Honduras’ political crisis after Zelaya was ousted in a coup.

Zelaya’s return to Honduras under a national unity government is a key provision in a plan by mediator and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

Soldiers arrested Zelaya and flew him into exile in Costa Rica on June 28 after he ignored a Supreme Court order to cancel a referendum asking Hondurans if they wanted a special assembly to rewrite the constitution.

The court said Saturday that Zelaya must keep in mind pending charges against him. It has charged him with treason and abuse of power.

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