The Honduran government said Friday it has fined the local subsidiary of a US company US$25,000 (â‚¬19,000) for allegedly training more than 300 Hondurans and foreigners last year to work as mercenaries in Iraq.
The company Your Solutions trained 340 Hondurans, Chileans and Nicaraguans in violation of labor laws, Public Safety Department spokesman Santos Flores told a news conference.
"The fine was imposed because the company was training mercenaries, and the act of being a mercenary is a form of violating labor rights in whatever country," Flores said, adding that the company, which he said is based in Chicago, Illinois, "operated without permission in Honduras."
Benjamin Canales, general manager of the Honduras-based subsidiary of Your Solutions, fled the country six months ago, Flores said.
The company could not immediately be reached in Chicago for comment late Friday.