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HONDURAS
CASE N° HOND/02 - MIGUEL ANGEL PAVÓN SALAZAR
Resolution adopted unanimously by the Governing Council
at its 175th session (Geneva, 1st October 2004)


The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the outline of the case of the murder of Mr. Miguel Angel Pavón Salazar of Honduras, as contained in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/175/11(a) R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 174th session (April 2004),

Taking account of the letter from the Prosecutor General dated 28 September 2004,

Recalling that Mr. Pavón was murdered in January 1988; after the investigation had come to a standstill, it was reopened in 1996 and finally led to the identification of two suspects, both military officers; while one of them died during Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the second, Jaime Rosales, was apprehended in the United States of America and extradited to Honduras, where he stood trial; he was acquitted on 22 March 2004; the Prosecutorís Office lodged an appeal against that decision in order to ensure a reversal of the acquittal of Mr. Rosales, given the compelling evidence of the latter's involvement in the murder,

Considering that, in his letter of 28 September 2004, the Prosecutor General reported that the appeal had not as yet been decided and that his Office was prepared to lodge an application for judicial review should the appeal be rejected,

  1. Thanks the Prosecutor General for his consistent cooperation;

  2. Trusts that the appeal proceedings will be completed swiftly, and that due account will be taken of all the evidence gathered by the prosecution over the years, with the help of the National Human Rights Commissioner;

  3. Requests the Secretary General to convey this resolution to the competent authorities;

  4. Requests the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to continue examining this case and report to it at its next session (April 2005), when it hopes to have information on the outcome of the proceedings.

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