Thursday, December 12, 2013
AlterNet reports that the U.S. government illegally deported a gay asylum-seeker to months of torture and death in a Honduran prison, his mother claims in court. Ana Lopez sued the United States and Immigration and Customer Enforcement for the death of her son, Nelson Javier Avila-Lopez. Lopez claims her son had a stay of deportation but ICE deported him anyway to Honduras, where he was "thrown, without formal charges, into the notorious Comayagua prison ... where he suffered unspeakable torture for nearly four months . . . . " Her son died in Comayagua prison on Valentine's Day 2012, in a fire that killed 357 other prisoners with him, his mother says.