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UN calls for reforms after Honduras jail fire
World body calls for major reforms to penal system and independent probe after deaths of 350 inmates.
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2012 05:39

The deaths of 350 inmates in a Honduras prison fire have led to calls for reforms to the nation's penal system.

With dozens of families still waiting at the Comayagua prison for word on their relatives, the UN has called for an independent investigation into the fire and action to prevent a recurrence.

Teams from Central and South America have come to provide their expertise in an investigation that has overwhelmed the Honduran authorities.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Comayagua.

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