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Honduras commission seeks justice in coup

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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The Honduran Congress in January 2010 passed an amnesty covering certain acts leading up to the coup.

Zelaya returned from exile in May 2011 under a deal brokered by Colombia and Venezuela, paving the way for the poor Central American country's return to the Organization of American States and reintegration into the world community.

An official truth commission headed by former Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein concluded in July 2011 that Zelaya's removal from office was a coup, but also said that the president himself had broken the law when he ignored the Supreme Court's ruling ordering him to cancel the referendum.

The report by that first commission also found that the Honduran government violated human rights by causing the deaths of 20 people in the seven months after the Zelaya's ouster.

The report issued by the unofficial truth commission on Wednesday found that 58 people were killed during and after the coup.