The deposed former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya denounced this Friday that he was “unfairly” detained at the Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa, when he intended to travel to Mexico with $ 18,000 in his carry-on, although he assures that the money does not belong to him.
“I communicate that I have been unjustly detained at the Toncontin airport when I was preparing to travel to the PT Seminary in Mexico. It was caused by a bag of money with 18,000 dollars, which does not belong to me. Now in the presence of the prosecutor,” Zelaya said in a message on Twitter.
Zelaya, who is the general coordinator of the Libertad y Refundación party (LIBRE, left), told local media that he was detained by the authorities when he tried to board a plane to Houston (USA), from where he would travel to Mexico.
“How can I think of bringing 18,000 dollars,” said the former president, who indicated that he was required by the authorities after the dollars were detected by the “X-ray” machine at the air terminal.
The dollars were in a paper envelope inside the former Honduran president’s suitcase, said Zelaya, who assured that the money is not his.
“I do not know the origin (of the money),” emphasized Zelaya, who said that the dollars were counted by personnel at the Toncontín International Airport.
“They detained me, I could not board the flight and now the scandal will come over this situation,” added the former Honduran president, who was overthrown on June 28, 2009 when he was promoting constitutional reforms that the law prevented him.
He pointed out that the Honduran authorities “are fulfilling their duty, they will not let me out, because there are more dollars in the bag than can be legally carried.”
“In my backpack I carry a book, two things for the hair and the speech and the document that I am going to present in Mexico, and in that the bag (with the money) appears, how am I going to go through x-rays dollars when I know that it is a crime, “he explained.
The former Honduran president asked the authorities to investigate who and where they put the money in his carry-on bag, since it does not belong to him.
Zelaya is in custody at the Toncontín International Airport, where prosecutors from the Public Ministry have arrived to take a statement from the former president and supporters of Libre.
Honduran laws allow up to $ 10,000 as the maximum amount of money that a person can carry, as long as they verify its origin.
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