Honduras fires top police officials to purge criminal links

By REUTERS
April 30, 2016 05:21

 
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Honduran officials on Friday fired more than two dozen top police officers in an aggressive move to purge security forces that have been accused of being infiltrated by organized crime.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez is under pressure to clean up the country's police after the New York Times this month said high-level officers orchestrated the assassination of Honduran anti-drug tsar Aristides Gonzalez in 2009 on a drug lord's orders.

The story spurred the government to create a special commission which on Friday said 27 of the country's 47 police commanders were removed from their posts. Four of the commanders have been accused of participating in Gonzalez's murder.

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