U.S. Hardens Stance Against Honduras

Zelaya underscored his concern that a former death squad leader, known as just Billy Joya, being named a security advisor, and listed grave reports of human rights abuses such as rape, violence leading to death, arbitrary arrests, and closures of independent media, echoing reports of human rights groups.

According to Zalaya, there are 1,500 political detainees now in Honduras, and a presidential candidate for the November elections is in the hospital with his arms broken.

Acting Honduran President Roberto Micheletti admitted that it was a mistake forcing President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country -- instead of just putting him in jail.

"There was an error by a certain sector," Micheletti told Bloomberg. "It wasn't correct. We have to punish whoever allowed that to happen. The rest was framed within what the constitution requires."

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