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Block Extradition of Honduran to U.S.

July 17, 1985

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ A three-judge Supreme Court panel has denied a U.S. request for extradition of a Honduran general indicted in Florida on charges of conspiring to kill the Honduran president and topple his civilian government.

The general, Jose A. Bueso Rosa, a former military attache at the Honduran Embassy in Chile, has been under arrest in Santiago since U.S. authorities requested his extradition last November.

Chilean lawyers representing the U.S. government refused comment.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested eight Honduran businessmen in Miami on Nov. 1, 1984, and charged they were involved with Bueso Rosa in the coup plot. Bueso Rosa has denied the charges.

Tuesday’s decision upheld a May 6 ruling by Chief Justice Rafael Retamal that Bueso rosa could not be extradited because testimony presented in Florida did not meet Chilean legal standards for evidence.

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