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Honduran foreign minister refutes statements by US ambassador

Tegucigalpa, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Enrique Reina refuted statements made United States Ambassador Laura Dogu, who spoke about the maximum security prison that the Government of Honduras will build on the Swan Islands.

Reina wrote on X that no country is the same as another; maximum security prisons in the United States are still a reality and those that were built in isolation somehow helped combat the infiltration of the mafia in many cities.

The minister pointed out that after September 11, 2001, the United States took drastic measures to combat terrorism through prisons in third countries, despite complaints of Human Rights violations.

Reina stated that it would be more important for the US to cooperate than to tell Honduras what to do, since the maras (gangs) are a problem that also affects them, including human trafficking and smuggling.

“We already know the reality of what Juan Orlando Hernández did that was permeated and how they have served to be the epicenters of organized crime; isolating (prisons) has its reason because they are not centers of criminal management,” said Reina, adding that difficult times require difficult measures.

The US ambassador spoke about the construction of a penitentiary center in Honduras and said that in the US “we have tried to have these types of prisons, but they have been very difficult to maintain.”

The maximum security prison in the Swan Islands will have the capacity to house 2,000 leaders of criminal organizations considered highly dangerous, who are already detained or who are identified, captured and prosecuted.