Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Former Anti-Drug Advisor to Honduran Government Assassinated in Capital

According to EFE, Alfredo Landaverde, who formerly advised the Honduran government on the battle against drug trafficking, was fatally shot yesterday (December 7), while driving with his wife in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. Tragically, Landaverde died at the scene. His wife, who was in the car with him at the time, was also seriously injured and was rushed to the hospital.

COMMENT: President Porfirio Lobo, interrupted his speech at a public event to deplore Landaverde's assassination, describing the former advisor as "a great Honduran." Vowing a thorough investigation of the murder, Lobo said he would continue his struggle to improve public safety, a goal that has eluded him since he took office in January 2010.

Honduras unfortunately experiences an average of 20 homicides a day and is the most dangerous nation in Central America as measured by the number of murders per every 100,000 residents.

Alfredo's brother, Moises Landaverde, a teacher, was gunned down in January 1988, along with human rights activist Miguel Angel Pavon.

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