From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue May 11 10:45:12 2004
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 18:09:24 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: Archived: Mass Graves Found In Honduras
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rick Rozoff)
Subject: Mass Graves Found In Honduras
Honduras says it has evidence of secret graves. Proof of military cover-up at contra base, officials say
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—The Honduran government has found a gravesite containing human remains, proving that the military covered up clandestine graves at a former training base for Nicaraguan contras, justice officials said yesterday.
We have sufficient evidence that there was torture and human
sacrifice on the site, the attorney general's office said in a
statement. A government investigation would be completed soon, the
statement said, warning the military not to interfere.
A missing American priest-turned-guerrilla, James Francis Carney, could be among those buried at the El Aguacate air base, 80 miles east of the capital, Tegucigalpa, said Honduran Human Rights Commissioner Leo Valladares.
The government launched its investigation yesterday, four days after discovering the remains at El Aguacate. They also found a concrete cross bearing the name Francisco Guzman, which officials said they did not recognize.
The 3,090-acre air base in Olancho province was built by U.S. forces in 1983 and used in the 1980s as a training center for the U.S.-backed contra forces who were fighting the leftist Sandinista government in nearby Nicaragua.
Honduran human rights official Sandra Ponce said the discovery
signifies that people were buried here secretly. Last month,
Valladares accused the military of hiding the existence of clandestine
graves at El Aguacate. Olancho military chief Col. Leonel Pavon denied
the accusation, saying that
nothing is hidden in El Aguacate and
any authority can prove what I say. Valladares said yesterday that
he has ordered police to guard the zone until international
anthropologists arrive to exhume and identify the discovered remains.