David Romero Ellner

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David Romero Ellner is a Honduran journalist, lawyer and politician. He was a leader of the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MRI, Revolutionary Left Movement),[1] and formerly a Liberal party congressman.

Rape conviction[edit]

Romero Ellner was charged with raping his daughter.[2] On 30 July 2002 he was stripped of his parliamentary immunity.[3] He was declared guilty and spent some time in prison, but the president Manuel Zelaya later freed him for good behavior.[citation needed]

Anti Jewish outburst[edit]

In 2009, after Zelaya's comments that "Israeli mercenaries" were torturing him with toxic gases and radiation that alter his physical and mental state, Romero Ellner accused Jews of being a problem in Honduras and also said to his radio listeners that "I believe it should have been fair and valid to let Hitler finish his historic vision". He accused Jews of being a problem in Honduras and also spoke in favour of the Holocaust to his radio listeners.[4][5] Zelaya stated in response, "I condemn that kind of racism and discrimination. I don't share that point of view."[6] The Association of Descendants of Sephardic Jews in Honduras issued a public statement against Romero Ellner.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Los hechos hablan por sí mismos: informe preliminar sobre los desaparecidos. Honduras. Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos. p. 39
  2. ^ "2003 dejó tres diputados presos y otro prófugo". La Prensa. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. 
  3. ^ "SEMANA DEL 30 AL 1 DE AGOSTO DEL 2002". El Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos. Archived from the original on 2009-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Rodas inventa ataques contra embajada". El Heraldo. 2009-10-09. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Jews As Scapegoats in the Honduras Political Stalemate". Anti-Defamation League. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. 
  6. ^ Schmidt, Blake (2009-10-08). "Zelaya Condemns Radio Host's Comments on Holocaust". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Enérgica protesta judía contra resistencia - Declaraciones de periodista zelayista son racistas y criminales". El Heraldo.