Honduras drops UN court case against Brazil

19th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Honduras has dropped proceedings against Brazil before the UN's highest court for sheltering its ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, and his family.

The case filed by Honduras in October last year "has been removed from the court's list at the request of Honduras," the International Court of Justice in The Hague said on Thursday.

The withdrawal of the case, sought in a letter dated April 30, was granted on May 12, said the court.

Zelaya, exiled in a military-backed coup in June last year, secretly slipped back into Honduras in September and moved into the heavily fortified Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa for over four months.

Honduras alleged he was using the embassy "as a platform for political propaganda and thereby threatening the peace and internal public order of Honduras".

Zelaya left the embassy for the Dominican Republic with his family in January.

© 2010 AFP

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