|Honduran Congress Moving to Dismiss Supreme Court Justices over Police Reform|
|Written by Honduras Culture and Politics and Upside Down World|
|Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:16|
Source: Honduras Culture and Politics with updates from Upside Down World
In late November, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that the "controversial and poorly implemented Police Purification Law is unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the right to due process for police officers." President Porfirio Lobo and the Congress rejected that decision, and said that "the justices were colluding with business leaders to undercut his power."
James Bosworth writes for the Christian Science Monitor that "Several media outlets, including El Heraldo and La Prensa (both of which supported the 2009 removal of President Zelaya), are calling the Congress's vote a "technical coup" against the judiciary. Not helping, Army soldiers deployed near the presidential palace and Congress to "protect" those branches create the image of the military taking sides."
El Heraldo reports that the military were called in by president of Congress Juan Orlando Hernandez to guard Congress in an extraordinary session on the evening of December 11th, while it debated a report from the commission appointed yesterday to make recommendations about the Supreme Court in Honduras.
Finally, Yani Rosenthal denies any involvement.
Wenceslao Lara, Congressman for the Department of Cortes said: “We are the most corrupt [country] in Central America right now and one of the most corrupt in Latin America. They're the incompetent ones, they're the ones doing harm; they're putting us in a situation that the people of Honduras don't want . . . I call on the President of the Republic to reflect, and on Congress to stop this diabolical attempt that they are making against Honduras. They are the ones who are incapable of governing the country at this time. ”
Update by UDW editors:
In the early hours of the morning on December 12th, the Honduran Congress passed a bill that allows the congress or president to put the police reform law and other issues to public referendum. The constitutionality of the bill and the referendum process are debatable.