Honduras fires top cop tarnished by death squads

Honduras removes police chief once accused of running death squads

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduran President Porfirio Lobo has fired the general in charge of the country's police force who has been long accused of running death squads.

Lobo said Thursday he made the decision to fire Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla together with President-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Bonilla was the U.S. government's go-to man in Honduras for the war on drug trafficking, although the State Department denied it worked directly with Bonilla, also known as the Tiger.

Bonilla was indicted in 2002 for human rights violations stemming from accusations he ran death squads. More recently, he was overseeing a department suspected of beating, killing and disappearing those they detained.

He has denied the accusations.

Honduras serves as a way station for most South American cocaine bound for the U.S.