Honduran leader's nephew killed
Police say death of de facto president Micheletti's relative unconnected to coup.
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2009 19:36 GMT
The coup that brought Roberto Micheletti to power is not considered to be linked to the killing [Reuters]

The nephew of Roberto Micheletti, the leader of Honduras's military-backed interim government, has been shot dead in an apparent "execution-style" killing.

Police said on Monday that there was no indication Enzo Micheletti's killing was related to the June coup that brought his uncle to power and has prompted a political standoff in Honduras.

Roberto Micheletti's assistant confirmed the killing to Al Jazeera, saying: "Yes. The son of the brother of the president was murdered."

Enzo Micheletti's body was found on Sunday in the woods in the northern city of Choluma.

Police said he had bullet wounds to his head and chest, and that his hands were tied behind his back.

The body of another, unidentified man was found nearby.

Colonel killed

Members of the Honduran congress voted Roberto Micheletti to the interim presidency after soldiers forced Manuel Zelaya from the presidential palace on June 28.

There have been several rounds of negotiations between delegates for Micheletti and Zelaya in recent weeks but the rival sides have failed to reach a deal to end the political crisis.

In an apparently unrelated attack, army Colonel Concepcion Jimenez was shot dead on Sunday night outside his home in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, the military said.

Ramiro Archaga, a military spokesman, said that no motive had yet been established for the killing.

Jimenez managed the Military Industry of Honduras, an agency that makes uniforms for Honduran troops.

Honduras has the highest murder rate in Central America, much of it related to illegal drugs. About 7,235 people in the country of 7.7 million were killed in 2008 - a 25 per cent increase from 2007.

Al Jazeera and agencies
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