Honduras will get corruption assistance

Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, has announced the creation of a mission to support the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. He did so in the presence of Honduran authorities, including President Juan Orlando Hernández.

“We seek to make the justice system an effective tool in the fight against impunity, that manages to earn the respect of the people of Honduras and that becomes an essential part of the democratic system,” said the secretary general.

The purpose of the mission is to improve the quality of services provided by the justice system in Honduras.

The mission will be led by an internationally recognized jurist with high levels of competence in the investigation of cases of corruption and impunity, who will report directly to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States.

The mission plans to establish a group of recognized international judges and prosecutors whose task is to supervise, advise and provide support to Honduran bodies charged with the investigation and criminal prosecution of crimes involving acts of corruption.

The announcement comes in response to a request made by the government of Honduras for the support in the strengthening and reform of the Honduran justice system.

The Organization of American States set up a similar mission in Guatemala that was headed for a time by Costa Rican Francisco Dall’Anese, the former fiscal general here.

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