Thursday, February 23, 2012

Honduras: Pardon for Bravery

50-year-old Marco Antonio “Shorty” Bonilla has been in prison for 17 years. He was convicted of murder and theft. But now, Honduran president Porfirio Lobo has announced his intention to pardon Bonilla and has ordered his ministers to expedite the release.

Why?

Lobo says Bonilla "put himself at incredible risk trying to save lives." Indeed, it is estimated that Bonilla saved as many as 250 prisoners when a fire ripped through Comayagua jail on St Valentine’s Day. 360 other prisoners lost their lives. According to Bonilla, a prison guard threw a set of keys on the ground in his general direction and then fled the scene. He (Bonilla) opened nine separate cells. A witness says Bonilla actually busted the lock off of one of the cells with a nearby bench! See full story here.

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