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Honduras police have over 13,000 outstanding warrants

Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Politics

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Honduras’s police force are sitting on more than 13,000 outstanding arrest warrants issued over the last six years, highlighting the beleaguered department’s struggle to address soaring crime rates.
Honduran police have acted on less than half of the arrest warrants issued since 2007, according to a report by La Tribuna newspaper, with few signs of improvement; 2011 was the police force’s worst year yet, with 54 percent of 4,509 warrants still pending.
Most of the unexecuted arrest warrants are concentrated in major Honduran cities with high crime levels, like San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba and Choluteca, suggesting that police in those areas have been overwhelmed by violence. Of the thousands of charges they’ve let slip, most have been for major offenses like murder, drug trafficking, illegal arms possession, and police corruption, according to a spokesman for the Security Ministry.
InSight Crime Analysis
Even if police were to make more arrests, there’s no guarantee the judicial system could process the extra cases, or that the jails could handle the burden. The Honduran prison system is already well above its 8,280-person capacity, with some 12,500 inmates, according to estimates from prison authority the National Direction of Special Preventive Service (DNSEP).
Honduras has attempted to improve the police force’s performance by creating new bodies to investigate corruption within the department and an elite organized crime-fighting unit called “the Tigers.” In November, the government issued an emergency decree allowing the military to take on police powers, including the ability to make arrests and perform searches.
The attempted reforms come amidst accusations of corruption and human rights abuses within the police department itself. Earlier this month, the US government announced that a portion of its $56 million in security aid could not be handled by the country’s top police chief Juan Carlos Bonilla, or any of his subordinates, until he had been investigated for alleged human rights crimes committed in the early 2000s.
This latest report on the staggering number of outstanding warrants will likely further damage the public trust in the police — some 72 percent reportedly don’t feel safe with the force — and has helped contribute to Honduras’ high impunity rates, Itsmania Pineda Platero, a government human rights prosecutor, told La Tribuna.
Source: Insight Crime
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Honduras Impunidad Prevalece ante Crimines.Julio Casaleno se suma a la lista de periodistas asesinados

Martes 28 de agosto de 2012

Asesinan a vocero de la Dirección de Tránsito en Tegucigalpa
11:16 pm  - Redacción: El subinspector Julio Casaleno fue asesinado a un par de cuadras de su casa de habitación en Tegucigalpa.

  • El subinspector Julio Casaleno, vocero de la Dirección Nacional de Tránsito.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
El subinspector Julio Casaleno, vocero de la Dirección Nacional de Tránsito, abogado y licenciado en Periodismo, fue ultimado a balazos la noche de este martes en Tegucigalpa, capital de Honduras.
El hecho se registró a un par de cuadras  de su casa de habitación de la capital.
El hecho ocurrió a eso de las 9:00 pm cuando la víctima salió de su vivienda a una pulpería cercana a comprar un pescado para cenar junto a su esposa.
El comisionado Héctor Iván Mejía informó que según los datos que proporcionaron algunos testigos dos individuos armados que permanecían en las cercanías de la pulpería abordaron a la víctima y sin mediar palabras dispararon en su contra, quitándole la vida en el acto. Mejía explicó que hasta anoche se desconocían las razones exactas por las que los delincuentes le habrían arrebatado la vida al subinspector. “Aún no tenemos pistas, pero es cuestión de horas para que demos con el paradero de los criminales que acabaron con la vida de nuestro compañero”, comentó.
“Aún no tenemos pistas pero es cuestión de horas para que demos con el paradero de los criminales que acabaron con la vida de nuestro compañero”, comentó Mejía.
Casaleno estaba asignado a la oficina de Relaciones Públicas de Tránsito y era conductor de un programa de televisión de la Policía Nacional en Maya TV.