Honduras' Supreme Court has cleared six army generals accused of toppling former president Manuel Zelaya and flying him to Costa Rica in 2009.
The Supreme Court voted 12-3 to reject abuse of authority charges againts now-retired Gens. Romeo Vasquez, Luis Prince, Venancio Cervantes, Miguel Garcia, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Carlos Cuellar.
The court said in a news release Thursday that all six have been released from detention.
Soldiers escorted the left-leaning Zelaya out of Honduras in June 2009 after he defied a Supreme Court order to drop plans to hold a referendum on reforming the constitution.
Zelaya says the court decision is "unjust" but expected.
He says "it's bothersome that those behind the coup are being protected."
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