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Former Honduran president to appear at US federal court

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Former Honduran president to appear at US federal court

Washington, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Honduran former president Juan Orlando Hernandez, extradited to the United States on charges of drug trafficking and other crimes, will appear today before a federal court in New York.
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Hernandez, who rejected the charges and affirmed that his government always collaborated with U.S. authorities to fight organized crime and drug trafficking, was arrested on February 15 in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, and yesterday was extradited to the United States.

According to the indictment made public yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice, the president (2014-2022) faces three charges: conspiracy to import cocaine, possession of firearms and destructive devices, and conspiracy to possess firearms and destructive devices.

The 20-page indictment, quoted by CNN, states that Hernandez “abused his position” as president to operate the country as a narco-state, “in order to enrich himself and corruptly obtain and maintain power”.

They also hold him responsible for turning the Central American nation into one of the major transshipment points for cocaine destined for the United States, the world’s largest drug market.

His brother Juan Antonio Hernandez is serving a life sentence in a US prison since March 2021 for crimes related to drug and arms trafficking. The former president is facing a similar sentence.

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