O 281458Z JUN 09FM AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9965C O N F I D E N T I A L TEGUCIGALPA 000504SUBJECT: HONDURAN MILITARY ARRESTS PRESIDENT ZELAYA
Classified By: amb. Hugo Llorens, e.o. 12958 1.4(b)and (d)¶1. (C) At approximately 02:30 local time (04:30Washington) Honduran military forces entered thePresidential Palace and arrested President Manuel"Mel" Zelaya. Embassy sources report Zelaya wastaken to the Air Force Base adjacent to ToncontinInternational Aiport and then flown by militaryaircraft to Costa Rica, where he was said to be asof 07:30.It has been reported that Zelaya hassigned a letter of resignation.¶2. (C) Military commanders told DATT they hadacted on instructions from the National Congressand the Supreme Court to prevent Zelaya fromcarrying out a poll, scheduled to take place today,on whether there should be a "fourth urn"at theNovember general elections to seek voter approvalto convene a constituent assembly to rewrite theconstitution. The courts, the attorney general andthe solicitor general had all declared the pollillegal.