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On-Again Off-Again Honduran Security Fee Controversy Continues

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A strongly debated “Security Fee” to be charged at Honduran Airports was recently vetoed by President Lobo, but the debates this fee has generated are far from over. Securiport, the company which signed the contract to install biometric technology at the airports, has made it clear its position on the matter and said they retain the full right to assert the contract and will begin screening as their contract states. If its work is suspended, Securiport has all the legal arguments to file a lawsuit against the state. Analysts and media have warned that Honduras may be on the verge of a heated battle.

Photo Credit: La Prensa Honduras

Original Article Text From La Prensa Honduras via Google Translate :

$ 34 Airport Transaction Fee and was vetoed, says Wolf

The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, said Friday that the controversial immigration fee $ 34 that they intended to charge domestic and foreign travelers enter and leave the country and was vetoed.

“It is already banned. It is not law. A law is a law when published and unpublished, has not been passed and was vetoed in a timely manner,” said Lobo to the media at the premises of the 105 Infantry Brigade San Pedro Sula where people gave a bonus to seniors.

Yesterday the president of the National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras,  CANATURH , Marinakys Epaminondas, who revealed that the Minister of Interior, Africa Madrid, he made ​​the announcement to entrepreneurs in the tourism sector after receiving notice of President Porfirio Lobo.

 “Madrid is among African Minister confirmed yesterday CANATURH meeting that President Porfirio Lobo veto rate charging for airport security,” explained the business of tourism.

 “We are pleased by the decision of President Lobo because this collection aggravated the situation of the tourism industry as we pulled out of competition, “said Marinakys.

 Demand looming
 It was learned last night at the station HRN, the decision of President Porfirio Lobo to veto the decree would be made ​​to avoid a lawsuit against the company Securiport since leaving after the deadline to veto or sanction a decree (ten days after approval in Congress), the company would have all the legal arguments to file a lawsuit against the state.

Analysts and media have warned that Honduras may be on the verge of a heavy demanded lawsuit, but it all depends on the agreements to be reached this weekend.

 For now, the company, which signed the contract to install biometric technology to provide security in the 22 ground and air customs of the country, spoke yesterday and made clear its position on the matter and only “expected official communication from the Government of Honduras on the end of our hiring decision. ”

 Based on law, the company could have all grounds to assert that the contract is already in force and, therefore, the Government is now obliged to respect and comply with each of its clauses.

 Lobo Sosa President ordered a review of the contract, although the same Executive traded him and sent him to Congress for approval.

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