Honduras: Nicaraguan Activist Died Near Border

Published January 14, 2012 4:27AM (EST)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Prosecutors in Honduras say a decomposed, bullet-riddled body found near the border with Nicaragua has been identified as the purported leader of a shadowy Nicaraguan resistance group.

Prosecutors' spokesman Melvin Duarte says relatives of Santos Guadalupe Borge identified him by clothes and a ring he was wearing.

Borge had reportedly gone to Honduras to regroup his offensive against Nicaragua's leftist government. The U.S.-backed "Contra" rebels used Honduran territory in the 1980s.

Known as "Comandante Pablo Negro," Borge reportedly opposed the re-election of President Daniel Ortega despite a constitutional ban on consecutive terms.

Duarte said Friday the body was found Thursday at a ranch near the border.

By Salon Staff

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