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Honduras and the Organization of American States on Tuesday approved a new international team of experts to help its legal system fight corruption in the Central American country.
President Juan Orlando Hernandez called the agreement signed in Washington a “historic” mission for a country that is controlled in many areas by gangs and has suffered massive government corruption scandals like its neighbor, Guatemala. Until recently, Honduras had one of the highest murder rates in the world, and the vast majority of crimes still go unprosecuted.
“This support mission responds to the legitimate demands of the Honduran people for vigorous and meaningful action against corruption, including criminal investigations and prosecutions of those who offer or receive illegal inducements,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
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