Deposed Honduran president accuses ‘Israeli mercenaries’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said he is being tortured by "Israeli mercenaries."

The politician, who currently is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said the "mercenaries" had used a device emitting high-frequency radiation, which affected his mental and physical health. He also said they were likely to storm the building and kill him, the Miami Herald reported.

Witnesses earlier had reportedly said that they saw police, who are surrounding the compound, use a satellite dish-like device nearby to emit a shrill noise, according to the Herald. A Honduran police spokesman denied any kind of radition device was being used.

The Israeli consulate in Miami could not confirm the presence of any "Israeli mercenaries” in the Central American republic, the Herald said.

Zelaya is part of a Latin American coalition of leftist leaders, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and often has accused Israel of alleged human rights violations.

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