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Honduran President Denies Narcotrafficking Ties as His Brother Faces U.S. Trial

HeadlineOct 04, 2019

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is lashing out at federal prosecutors in the United States who have brought weapons and drug trafficking charges against his brother. On Wednesday, a U.S. prosecutor told a federal court in Brooklyn that the brother, Tony Hernández, personally accepted a million-dollar bribe meant for President Hernández from the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.” Tony Hernández is accused of trafficking tons of cocaine through Honduras bound for the U.S. and of providing heavily armed security for drug shipments. President Hernández is a staunch ally of Donald Trump. At a news conference on Thursday, he denied reports that he’s profited from narcotrafficking, and pledged continued support for the Trump administration.

President Juan Orlando Hernández: “We will not stop working to keep on making Honduras a land that is hostile toward drug traffickers, toward gangs. This has been recognized by the United States from their president, their vice president, the State Department, the DEA and Homeland Security over all these years that I have been president.”

Honduras has become one of the most violent countries in the world because of the devastating drug war and a political crisis that stems in part from a U.S.-backed 2009 coup that ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.

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