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Updated 01/14/2008

Remembering 25 Years Ago—December 1982

Dec. 20
José Frech Gutiérrez, a 30-year-old Honduran businessman, and his assistant, Alfredo Duarte, a Guatemalan residing legally in the country, disappear after being arrested aboard an intercity bus in San Pedro Sula when a military patrol stops the bus to check documents. The two men are arrested on the grounds that they are traveling without identification and that Frech is carrying 14,000 lempiras ($7,000 dollars), with which he planned to buy cattle.

The northern regional director of the National Investigations Directorate (DNI), Capt. Luis Alonzo Moran Morel, repeatedly denies that the men were detained; however, he privately suggests to Frech's sister, Nelly Frech, that she demand an official investigation. The family obtains an interview with the Armed Forces intelligence director, Col. Juan Evangelista López Grijalba, and they provide him with evidence, including witness testimony, that Frech and Duarte were in DNI detention. Grijalba travels to San Pedro Sula to interview other relatives of Frech, but the investigating committee ultimately determines the testimonies to be without merit.

In January 1983, the family files habias corpus petitions on behalf of the two men and meets with government officials, but to no avail. They learn that state security forces had accused Frech of orchestrating a bomb attack on the facilities of a daily newspaper on Dec. 21—an absurd claim, as this was the day after he was arrested. In June 1983 a new military investigation is launched, but this time the family is informed that Duarte murdered Frech, then fled to Guatemala; however, no evidence is ever presented. The fates of the two men remain unknown.

Source
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos en Honduras Web site, Desaparecidos en 1982.

Dec. 24
Héctor Hernández Morales, a 28-year-old Honduran, president of the Bemis Handal Textiles Union, disappears after being detained by DNI agents.

Source
“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994

Dec. 24
José Celestino Medina, 52, a Honduran shoemaker, disappears after being captured by unknown suspects.

Source
“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994