FALSE ALLEGATION AGAINST 316TH INTELLIGENCE BATTALION MADE BY LEADER OF HONDURA

Created: 7/13/1984

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JULY

COUNTRY: HONDURAS

SCON AFTER THE REMOVAL OF GENERAL GUSTAVO LVAREZ)> MARTINEZ AS COMMANDER OF THE HONDURAN ARMED FORCES ON LEFTIST PRESIDENT OF THB COMMITTEE FOR THS DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONDURAS (CODEH) RAMON USTODIO)) LOPEZ MET WITH HIGH-LEVEL MILITARY LEADERS AND TOLD THEM THATTH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION HAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALMOST ALL PERSONS ON THE CODEH LIST OF MISSING PERSONS. THE OFFICERS THAT HE MET WERE NEW ARMED FORCES COMMANDER GEN. WALTER OPEZ)) REYES; COL. EFRAINONZALEZ) I MUNOZ. CHIEF OF THE JOINT GENERAL STAFF; COL. LEONELIERAI) LUNATTI. COMMANDER OF THB FIRST INFANTRY BATTALION; AND COL. WILLIAMAID)) SPEER. COMMANDER OF THE ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT. AT FIRST THESE OFFICERS BELIEVEDLLEGATION AND BEGAN TO PLAN THE DISMANTLING OFTH BATTALION. LATER THEY WERE PERSUADED BY SUBORDINATE OFFICERS TO CONDUCT FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE CHARGE AGAINST THE BATTALION BEFORE PROCEEDING TO DISMANTLE THE UNIT. THIS THEY DID AND FROM THESE INVESTIGATIONS IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE BATTALION WAS INNOCENT OF THE ALLEGATIONS. AND IT WAS THEN DECIDED TO LEAVE THE BATTALION INTACT. 'i ; FOLI.OWING THE ORDERS OF SENIOR OFFICERS ,CERTAIN MILITARY SECURITY UNITS

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