miércoles, 5 de febrero de 2014

Honduran Police chief says already a "dead man," but determined

The head of the Honduran National Police Ramón Antonio Sabillón Pineda said on 4 February that he was living on "borrowed time" for the death threats he receives from "unknown people," but that this would not stop him doing his work, La Prensa reported. Honduras has one of the world's highest crime rates and one of its cities, San Pedro Sula, was recently cited as the city with most murders in 2013. The country's new President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado has vowed to fight and beat crime. Mr Sabillón said "I´m already dead and if I live that's a bonus," adding that he did not lose sleep over the threats, which made him more determined to fight crime. He said the telephone threats were being investigated and he could not say for sure yet if they were from "organised crime." Mr Sabillón Pineda was appointed National Police chief on 19 December 2013, replacing Juan Carlos Bonilla who was now a police attaché in Colombia, La Prensa reported. President Hernández was cited as calling on Hondurans that day to pray for judiciary servants who faced threats from criminals. He told a prayer meeting in Tegucicalpa that Hondurans should not just pray for the President, First Lady and Cabinet members, but "prosecutors, judges and magistrates being threatened right now" and who needed the "people's support," Proceso Digital reported on 4 February.

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