When will Ex Honduran Presidents exile in Casa de Campo end(Update 3)?
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras(AP) -- Honduran President Porfirio Lobo says he is seeking a legal solution for the safe return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya that would avoid Zelaya's detention.

Lobo says he is working with prosecutors to find a way for Zelaya to return to the Central American country to face charges - but without taking him into police custody. Zelaya is accused of fraud, usurping powers and falsifying documents.

Lobo told Honduras Channel 5 on Monday he wants a solution that doesn't violate the law. He didn't elaborate.

Zelaya has said he won't return to Honduras while there are arrest warrants pending against him. He was forced into exile in June 2009 after ignoring court orders to drop a referendum on changing the constitution. He is living in the Dominican Republic.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Update 2 on DEC 18, 2010 from DominicanToday.com

Tegucigalpa.– The ousted former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya rejected claims in a U.S. diplomatic memo, released by the Wikileaks, that he might have ties to organized crime.

In a statement, Zelaya calls the allegations "reckless accusations that constitute the crime of defamation." Former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Charles A.

Ford said in a May 15, 2008, memo that Zelaya was surrounded by people involved in organized crime. Ford offered no concrete evidence, and the U.S. government has never publicly backed those claims.

Zelaya, who now lives in exile in the Dominican Republic, was ousted in a June 2009 coup.


Dominican Watchdog note:

The ex Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was picked up by Leonel Fernandez in a private jet and taken to exile in Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. Looks like one hand is washing the other in Latin America. Below is the article in Spanish about Manuel Zelaya. He got VISA to stay in the Dominican Republic. Read more about the special powers of Casa de Campo

Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso, interviewed in the National Palace, said to domestic and foreign reporters that the cost of the stay of Zelaya and his family "is a matter of President Leonel Fernandez."



Update 3 on MAR 11, 2011 from the Economist


Many now have reason to want Manuel Zelaya to come home

SINCE the confused morning in June 2009 when its president was marched to the airport at gunpoint and sent packing, Honduras has been creeping back towards something resembling normal political life. Porfirio Lobo, a conservative who was elected president in a reasonably fair contest five months after the coup, is popular at home. Most of the world now recognises his government, meaning that the vital tap of international grants and loans to one of the poorest and most violent countries in the Americas has been turned back on. Last year the Honduran economy was restored to growth, which many forecasters think will accelerate this year and next.

Yet political life in Tegucigalpa, the higgledy-piggledy mountain capital, cannot get back to normal until relations are patched up with Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, the left-wing former president, who remains in exile in the Dominican Republic. As long as Mr Zelaya is away, a hard core of governments, including Brazil, Argentina and left-wing allies of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, will have nothing to do with Honduras. While they freeze the country out, Honduras has little chance of rejoining the Organisation of American States, a regional group that is one of the remaining obstacles to a normal existence on the international stage. And since Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, is one of those who still boycotts Honduras, previously routine co-operation among Central America’s leaders has got harder.

After his ejection from office Mr Zelaya was charged with a string of crimes, some related to his alleged attempt to prolong his time in office illegally, and others to do with misuse of public funds. Mr Lobo, anxious to move on and restore normal relations with the rest of the world, has managed to approve an amnesty to cover the political crimes. But this does not include the corruption charges and so Mr Zelaya remains on his Dominican beach.

Both friends and foes of the mustachioed, stetson-wearing former president now want him back in the country. A loyal band of supporters sees Mr Zelaya’s return as essential to undoing the coup. Their “resistance” movement has struggled to make an impact while its leader remains stranded offshore. Mr Zelaya’s return would unite the left, neutralise ultra-left radicals in the resistance movement and at last provide Mr Lobo with a worthy opponent, says Víctor Meza, Mr Zelaya’s former interior minister. Others think that Mr Zelaya’s wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, is gearing up for a presidential bid on the back of her husband’s eventual triumphant return.

Yet the government also has reason to want Mr Zelaya back, or to at least tolerate the idea. His return could just as easily split the left as unite it: many in the resistance movement are no fans of the former president, though they opposed the manner of his removal.

Mr Zelaya’s return to Honduras would require him—if he wants to remain politically relevant—to address the country’s problems, which include flourishing crime and wilting public services. He failed to do so while in office. According to a leaked cable, the American ambassador—who opposed the coup—wrote that Mr Zelaya’s goal was “to enrich himself and his family while leaving a public legacy as a martyr who tried to do good but was thwarted at every turn by powerful, unnamed interests.” But Mr Zelaya’s supporters doubt he would get a fair trial. Either way, Mr Lobo would rather his opponent came back now, while his own approval ratings are healthy, than during some future crisis.

Even so, a reconciliation is likely to be difficult. The attorney general and the supreme court are opposed to dropping the corruption charges against Mr Zelaya. Both were appointed for seven-year terms shortly before the coup by a congress that was vehemently anti-Zelaya. Mr Lobo could probably persuade the new congress, where his National Party has a healthy majority, to oust the judges. But after the constitutional earthquake of 2009, bullying the judiciary is the last thing he wants to be seen to be doing.

Two opportunities lie ahead. A truth commission, originally due to report this month, will publish its delayed findings in mid-May. Mr Zelaya has declined to co-operate with the commission, labelling it a stitch-up. Nonetheless, it is likely to conclude that his removal was indeed unconstitutional and propose constitutional reforms to prevent a recurrence of the conflict of powers that lay behind the coup. It is expected to make recommendations regarding the return of Mr Zelaya, which will put pressure on those who are standing in the way of a compromise.

Secondly, an appeal seeking to annul the corruption charges has been filed with the supreme court, which this month appointed a justice to consider it. The justice in question, Óscar Chinchilla, is thought to be open-minded, though his decision will eventually have to be endorsed by more hardline colleagues. Because Mr Zelaya was denied his right to due process when he was shoved into an aeroplane in his pyjamas, there may be an argument for dropping the charges.

One way or another, it is hard to see Mr Zelaya remaining beached indefinitely when it is increasingly everyone’s wish that he come back. Whether he will be met with cheers or indifference remains to be seen. The coup against Mr Zelaya caused international outrage, but he would be mistaken to confuse that with enthusiasm for his ineffective rule. For many of those who decried the coup against Mr Zelaya, it may be that nothing in his presidency became him like the leaving it.

Source: http://www.economist.com


Zelaya descansa en una villa  Casa de Campo

Aún no hay un protocolo para poder acceder al ex presidente

Escrito por: FIOR GIL

La Romana
El expulsado presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya y su familia están hospedados en una villa   de Casa de Campo.

De acuerdo con informaciones ofrecidas mediante el departamento de Relaciones Públicas del complejo turístico,  Zelaya es huésped de uno de los propietarios de alguna villa privada, porque en ese departamento no tenían información de que estuviese registrado entre las personas que se alojan en el hotel de Casa de Campo.

Zelaya no pudo ser contactado  durante todo el día por reporteros de HOY  en los alrededores de la entrada a Casa de Campo desde  temprano en la mañana hasta pasadas las 4:00 de la tarde, sin  observar ningún movimiento que sugiriera   que el derrocado mandatario  salió del complejo.

El canciller Carlos Morales Troncoso, entrevistado en el Palacio Nacional, respondió a  periodistas nacionales y extranjeros  que los gastos de la estadía de Zelaya  y su familia   “es un asunto del presidente Leonel Fernández”.

Pese a los esfuerzos  no fue posible establecer en cuál de las villas está hospedado.

Era evidente la inexistencia  de algún  protocolo  diplomático ni fuente del desplazado gobernante  que contactara con la  prensa.

Tampoco fue posible establecer comunicación con la  embajadora de Honduras, donde se dijo que  estaba  fuera del país. Zelaya fue derrocado por un golpe de Estado militar que,  pese a las resoluciones de reposición por parte de la ONU,  la OEA y  otros organismos regionales, fue forzado a permanecer fuera del poder hasta  las elecciones del regimen  de facto que dieron el triunfo a Porfirio Lobo.

Source: HOY

Google translation of the article:

Zelaya is relaxing in a villa in Casa de Campo.

There is still no protocol to access the former president

La Romana

The ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya and his family are staying at a villa in Casa de Campo.

According to information provided by the Public Relations department of the resort, guest Zelaya is one of the owners of a private villa, for in that department had no information that was registered among people who stay at the hotel of Casa de Campo.

Zelaya could not be reached during the day. Reporters around the entrance to Casa de Campo from early morning until after 4:00 pm, without observing any movement suggesting that the ousted president left the complex.

Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso, interviewed in the National Palace, said to domestic and foreign reporters that the cost of the stay of Zelaya and his family "is a matter of President Leonel Fernandez."

Despite the efforts it was not possible to determine in which of the villas he is hosted.

It was evident the absence of any diplomatic protocol or source of the displaced ruler who contacted the press.

Nor was it possible to establish communication with the ambassador of Honduras, where he said he was outside the country. Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup, despite the resolutions of replacement by the UN, the OAS and other regional organizations, was forced to remain out of power until the elections of the de facto regime that gave the victory to Porfirio Lobo.

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