III.

POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES

A.

The petitioners

6. The petitioners have alleged that in Honduras there is an organized practice tolerated by the
State of allowing to remain unpunished crimes involving agents of the National Police
committed against street children and youths. According to them, this situation is attested in
the court file.
7. The petitioners say that on September 15, 1995, a police operation was carried out in the
vicinity of Tiburcio Carías Andino National Stadium, in the city of Tegucigalpa, aimed to
prevent crimes being committed during the parades to commemorate Honduras' Independence
Day. During that operation the police patrols, registered with the numbers 50, 77 and 82 of
the Public Security Force (hereinafter FUSEP) of the Seventh Regional Command, detained 128
youths in an illegal and arbitrary manner, given that the police did not have court orders, nor
did they catch those youths in flagrante delicto. Among the youths that the police detained
were Rony Alexis Betancourt, Marco Antonio Servellón García, and Orlando Alvarez Ríos, who
were taken to headquarters of the Seventh Regional Command (hereinafter CORE 7) of the
FUSEP, 3 and whose admittance to the police cells was registered as numbers 45, 63 and 76,
respectively, in the record of arrests kept by that command. 4 Diómedes Abel García was
intercepted by agents of the Honduran police near an electronic games arcade on September
16, 1995, and was taken in a patrol car to CORE 7. His arrest was not formally entered in the
respective records but was confirmed by other detainees (Appendix 1 of the petition).
8. The petitioners say that the Police Judge of Regional Command Number Seven of the Public
Security Forces, Roxana Sierra Ramírez, told the relatives of Marco Antonio Servellón and of
Rony Betancourt that they would be released on Monday, September 18, 1995. Furthermore,
Dilcia Alvarez Ríos, the sister of Orlando Alvarez, declared before the Second Justice of the
Peace for Criminal Matters in and for the Central Municipality of Tegucigalpa that on
September 16, 1995, she received a telephone call from her brother from CORE 7, telling her
that he would be released on Monday, September 18 of that year. Judge Roxana Sierra signed
the alleged release orders for Marco Antonio, Rony, and Orlando at 11 a.m. on September 16,
1995.
9. According to the petitioners, on September 17, 1995, that is, the day after the alleged
releases, Marco Antonio Servellón was murdered in the community of "El Lolo", at the side of
the old North Road. On the same day, the lifeless bodies were also found of Rony Alexis
Bentancourt, 50 meters from the bridge of the main road through the community of Nueva
Suyapa; of Orlando Alvarez Ríos, at kilometer 41 of the North Road; and of Diómedes García,
between kilometers 8 and 9 of the road to the Department of Olancho. The petitioners allege
that the persons responsible are police officials David Abraham Mendoza, Marco Tulio
Regalado, Alberto José Alfaro Martínez, Hugo Antonio Vivas, and José Antonio Martínez
Arrazola; as well as police judge Roxana Sierra. 5The locations of the bodies led this to be
known as the Cuatro Puntos Cardinales [Cardinal Points] case.

The State of Honduras has ignored the request for information by the Inter-American Commission and has not
presented any well-founded request that might justify its silence. Thus far, it has not offered an opinion on the
allegations, and, therefore, we ask the Honorable Commission to presume the facts alleged to be true, in accordance
with Article 39 of its Rules of Procedure.
Communication of the petitioners of June 12, 2001, p.1.
3
The petitioners clarify that it is no longer called CORE 7, but Metropolitan Headquarters [Jefatura Metropolitana] Nº
1.
4
As the court file shows at p. 42 et seq. criminal accusation against officials of the Police of Honduras, Marco Tulio
Regalado Hernández, Alberto José Alfaro, Hugo Antonio Vivas, and José Antonio Martínez Arrazola; and against Ms.
Roxana Sierra Ramírez filed with the First Lower Court for Criminal Matters by attorney Mercedes Suyapa Vásquez
Coello, Assistant Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights under the supervision of the
Attorney General's Office. (Appendix 1 of the petition of October 11, 2000).
5
See petition of October 11, 2000, pp.1-4.
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