Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the ousted Honduran president sneaked back to his country with the help of Honduran military personnel.
Mr Chavez said Manuel Zelaya travelled by plane, in the trunk of a car and in tractors from Nicaragua to Honduras in a secret operation aided by supporters in the military.
He says that Mr Zelaya told him in a telephone conversation that he would return to Honduras even if it cost him his life.
Mr Chavez made the comments at the Lincoln Centre before the premiere of Oliver Stone’s documentary titled 'South of the Border'.
The 75-minute documentary features interviews with Mr Chavez as well as other South American leaders who Stone says represent “sweeping changes” in the region in recent years.