ON CAMERA: Security video from the Central Bank of Honduras shows aides to President Manuel Zelaya withdrawing large sums of cash before he was overthrown. Video here.
Does Obama back anyone who ain't a thug, a crook, or a despot? Just asking.
Zelaya planned to use the stolen millions in connection with the illegal referendum that would have given him another term (at the least). Mind you, Honduran authorities seized computers in the Presidential Palace belonging to Mel Zelaya that contained the official and certified results of the illegal constitutional referendum Zelaya wanted to conduct, but which never took place. The results of this fraudulent vote were tilted heavily in Zelaya's favor.
Honduran officials are investigating allegations that President Manuel Zelaya and his chief of staff stole millions of dollars from the central bank before the military ousted Mr. Zelaya last month, according to a senior Honduran official, government documents and other evidence.
A security video from the Central Bank of Honduras made available to The Washington Times shows officials entering the bank June 24 and withdrawing large amounts of Honduran currency. The money was driven to the office of Mr. Zelaya's chief of staff, Enrique Flores Lanza, according to depositions by three witnesses to Honduran prosecutors.
Government documents and testimony by the three say that about $2.2 million was taken.
The video, originally aired in Honduras, has not been previously reported by U.S. media.
An additional $550,000 was withdrawn hours later from the central bank by order of Mr. Lanza, according to bank documents obtained by The Times.
Two Honduran political opponents of Mr. Zelaya with knowledge of the transactions said Mr. Zelaya planned to use the money in connection with a referendum that if successful would have permitted him to serve a second term as president. The Honduran Supreme Court and Congress ruled the referendum illegal because the constitution limits presidents to a single term.
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Previously at Atlas: Busted: Corrupt Zelaya Fixed Election Results for Vote that never took place