Honduran congress suspends prosecutors
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 17, 2013 8:50AM
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The Honduran congress has voted to suspend the country’s attorney general and his assistants and appoint an oversight committee to shake up the country’s notoriously deficient law enforcement.
With a homicide rate of 91 per 100,000 residents, Honduras is often called the most violent country in the world. Prosecutors solve only about 20 percent of homicide cases, on average.
Congress voted late Tuesday to relieve Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubi of his duties, and appoint a commission to take over the prosecutor’s office for 60 days.
The five-member commission will be made up of three civic activists and two politicians.
Congressional leader Juan Hernandez says the effort is aimed at improving prosecutors’ work. Congress estimates 20,644 homicides have gone uninvestigated in the 28 months of the current administration.