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Honduras congress OKs drug-related extradition

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Honduras’ congress has approved legislation to allow extradition of its citizens charged elsewhere with drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime.

Starting Feb. 1, the Central American nation will be able to sign extradition treaties with other countries, including the United States, which has sought the change.

Lawmakers agreed Thursday that Hondurans charged with high-level crimes can be prosecuted elsewhere. Honduras has barred extraditing its nationals since 1982.

The action comes four days after all 158 Peace Corps volunteers left Honduras because a wave of violence and other drug-related crimes posed a high risk for them. The U.S. is sending personnel to analyze security problems.

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