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Feared ‘Tiger’ is out as top cop in Honduras

December 20, 2013 • World News


FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo, Honduras Police Chief Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla, also known as the Tiger, salutes during an event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo announced that he and President-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez have fired Bonilla, the general in charge of the country’s police force who has been long accused of running death squads. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras’ national police chief, a man who intimidated many in this violent country with a fearsome reputation colored by allegations he ran death squads a decade ago, is out of a job.

Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla was removed as chief Thursday by President Porfirio Lobo, who said he acted after consulting with President-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez, who takes office next month. No reasons were given, but the change had been widely expected because of the impending change in administrations.

While acquitted of 2002 charges that he directed the killings of criminals as a lower-level official, Bonilla was dogged by the allegations, and critics questioned why he was named chief of a police force often accused of abuses and Login to read more

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