This hasn’t gotten anything in the way of coverage in American media, but a Catalan newspaper is reporting that the results of the Honduran referendum on expanding President Manuel Zelaya’s term – the one that never actually occurred – were found on computers in the presidential palace. That’s right, before a single illegal ballot had been cast, Zelaya had ensured that he “won” the referendum. Translation courtesy Babalu blog.
Several computers containing the results of the referendum Zelaya wanted to conduct are seized at the Presidential Palace
The National Directors of Criminal Investigation seized various computers from the Presidential Palace that had recorded the supposed results of the referendum to reform the constitution that the deposed leader, Manuel Zelaya, was planning to conduct on July 28, the day he was removed from office.
The official investigation now deals with the possible crime of fraud and falsification of documents due to the fact that some of the certified voting results had been filled with the personal information of individuals that supposedly participated in the failed referendum that did not take place because of the coup.
One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were votes in favor of Zelaya's proposal and 30 were against, in addition to 20 blank ballots and 30 ballots, which were nullified.
The seizure took place on the third floor of the building attached to the Ministry of the Presidency that had been rented to the ex-minister of the Interior, Enrique Flores Lanza. The deputy district attorney, Roberto Ramirez, declared this area as a "crime scene" and, although he did not want to provide further details, said that further evidence had been found that could be categorized as crimes of fraud, embezzlement of funds, falsification of documents, and abuse of authority.
One wonders exactly how many outrages against democracy must occur in Honduras before President Obama decides that he’s made a mistake.
Of all President Obama’s foreign policy screw-ups, this one is the worst simply because it is the easiest one to get right. If you’re on the same side as Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega – odds are you’re on the wrong side.