Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Is Lobo Threatening the Supreme Court?

Porfirio Lobo Sosa is threatening the Supreme Court of Honduras. Its hard to reach any other conclusion when he says
"This country will be without a Supreme Court if it accepts any appeal by the businessmen against the decree [el país quedará sin Corte Suprema de Justicia si ésta acepta algún recurso legal interpuesto por los empresarios contra el decreto]"

Lobo Sosa is referring to the new Security Tax law which some businessmen in Honduras strongly oppose. Just to be clear, he also threatened the businessmen if they attempt to interfere with the law:
"They will be strongly punished; they will wish they never had evaded and avoided solidarity with the nation."

He let everyone know that he had signed the bill into law while inaugurating a new maximum security prison.

What happened to separation of powers?


RNS said...

COHEP announced late Wednesday that they would file a court challenge of the Security Tax bill on the grounds that it retroactively bills them for it. They claim the tax, 1% of sales over 10 million lempiras annually, will harm the Honduran economy

RNS said...

And Porfirio Lobo Sosa's spokesperson claimes Lobo Sosa was not threatening the courts, just noting the reality that if the tax doesn't stick, no new courts will be built.

Too bad that's not a construable meaning for what he said.