Scientist Suing Honduras to Return $63k

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By Marco Echevarria

The State of Honduras will be the subject of a new million-dollar lawsuit against it in the event of not making the respective return of the money that was confiscated from French-American paleontologist Susan Lee Hendrickson.

Susan Lee’s legal proxy made the relevant procedures so that the $63,000 that were confiscated from her defense on April 13, 2016, at Ramón Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula, are returned, however, this has not happened.


We did it about a month ago, they have not given us any notification; it gives the impression that in this country the authorities prefer that lawyers sue the state, harming everyone, said René Altamirano, Lee’s legal defender.

It turns out that the $63,000 confiscated from the paleontologist at the time was under guard in the vault of the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH) and were part of the loot that would have been stolen by the now accused prosecutor Sofía Medina Martínez.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) took about three million, five hundred and eighty thousand dollars from the BCH vault (88,600,000 lempiras), in 38 different withdrawals. Altamirano explained that the criminal proceedings against her (France Medina) are independent.

In the case of Dona Susan, the Prosecutor’s Office was already ordered to return, we were notified of the return order and the only thing we were waiting for was for them to indicate a date to materialize the return. He assured that in the absence of a return through conciliation, the State will have to be sued.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in El Heraldo