Monday, July 14, 2014

Honduras: Best Known as a Nation That Ends Lives

According to The Latin American Tribune, three active-duty police officers were arrested in connection with last weekend’s murder of two women at a restaurant on Tegucigalpa’s south side, Honduran authorities said Friday (July 14).

National Police director Ramón Sabillon told reporters that those in custody are active-duty agents of the force’s DNSEI investigative unit.

Fredy Mendoza Arriaza, Gregorio Anariba Meraz and Marvin Gallego Suarez were handed over to the Attorney General’s Office, the police chief said, without giving details of their arrest.

COMMENT: Worse, many people disappear in Honduras without as much of anyone even missing them.

Worse, if you have any doubt whatsoever as to the ineffectiveness of police in Honduras and their likely complicity in violence, of the 50 murders committed against US citizens since 2008, the Honduran police have only solved TWO homicides. 

The murders of the two women occurred last Sunday at a restaurant in the Loarque suburb, an attack that left another woman wounded.

Sabillon said that “these incidents are painful, but we’re not going to stop strengthening the National Police.”

Since 2011, Honduran cops have been accused of corruption, drug trafficking, car theft and violations of human rights, including murder.

Official figures show that a woman is slain every 13 hours in Honduras, a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world, with a current average of 15 homicides daily.

“At 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, Honduras remains the most violent country in the world,” the Assessment Capacities Project, said in a report released last month.