July 26, 2009

Honduran Defense Ministry’s List of Drug Traffickers Links Micheletti to the Cali Cartel, by Jean-Guy Allard – Cubadebate,Translation: Machetera,

July 19, 2009

The name of the leader of the Honduran coup d’etat, Roberto Micheletti, appears on a long undated list of drug traffickers drawn up by a senior official in the Honduran Ministry of Defense and Public Security, showing his relations with the Cali Cartel, the Colombian drug trafficking network.

The document, signed by infantry Colonel Rene Adalberto Paz Alfaro on Ministry letterhead shows ROBERTO MICHELLETI BAIN (misspelled), number SN-FF. AA. 060 – with a connection to the Cali Cartel, and under the column headed “Location,” the word “Yoro.”

Micheletti’s biographical notes indicate that he began his political career in the 1980’s, when he held the post of Local Council President in Yoro, where he was always selected as a deputy to the National Congress.

Son of an Italian citizen, Umberto Micheletti, and Donatella Bain, the present usurper of the Honduran presidency was born on August 13, 1948 in the town of El Progreso (Yoro).

He studied Business in the United States in order to dedicate himself later on to his own business, Empresa de Transporte TUTSA (TUTSA Transportation) in his hometown.

The appearance of Micheletti’s name on this list of drug traffickers leaves no doubt about the presence of his name in the files of the DEA, the U.S. anti-drug agency.

However, up to now, nothing has leaked from the North American source.

It’s worth noting that a few days ago, a group of extreme right-wing U.S. congressional representatives, headed by the Florida representatives Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, tried to sully the name of the constitutional president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, by asking President Barack Obama to investigate his supposed “links with drug traffickers,” through the DEA. Obama didn’t bother to answer.

The Diaz-Balarts have a long record of dubious relations with Colombian circles tied to drug trafficking.

On the other hand, in an interview with Pacifica Radio on July 10, Andres Pavon, the Honduran human rights leader, stated that General Vazquez Velazquez, the chairman of the Honduran Chiefs of Staff, has known ties to drug trafficking.

“He is someone from the Latin American intelligence community, close to the DEA and CIA [intelligence] framework,” he explained, in a telephone interview with the journalist Fernando Velazquez, reporting for Radio Mundial de Venezuela.

Pavon added that he had “evidence that the U.S. Embassy itself, through the DEA, has been involved in drug trafficking operations.”

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