Honduras: Miguel Facussé, "Palm Plantation Owner of Death," Dies at 90
In Honduras, Miguel Facussé, dubbed "the palm plantation owner of death," and one of Honduras' wealthiest and most powerful figures, has died at the age of 90. Facussé and private security guards with his company, Dinant, were accused of taking part in violent land grabs and dozens of murders of campesino land activists in Honduras' Aguán Valley as he sought to expand his palm oil fortune. Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks showed the United States knew of Facussé's role in cocaine trafficking but continued funding Honduras' military and police, who reportedly worked closely with Facussé's guards. Facussé backed the 2009 coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya; his personal airplane was used to fly Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas out of Honduras against her will, a story Rodas later told through a translator on Democracy Now!
Patricia Rodas: "I was expelled from my country by the military. They came to my house. I was taken prisoner by the air force of Honduras. And then, later, they deported me at midnight, and they transferred me in the airplane. Apparently, this airplane belonged to Miguel Facussé, the plane in which I was transferred."
In response to Facussé's death, Chuck Kaufman of the Alliance for Global Justice told Colorado radio station KGNU, "A prince of darkness has returned to hell."