FILE PHOTO: Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a information convention on the Presidential Home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Might 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/File Picture
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Saturday denied reviews from a U.S. courtroom submitting linking him to drug trafficking, accusing criminals of looking for revenge in opposition to him.
“The drug traffickers are on the lookout for revenge in opposition to the one president who’s completed what he’s wanted to do,” he informed a information convention, detailing his efforts to curb unlawful drug gross sales within the small Central American nation the place drug gangs have outstanding strongholds.
Hernandez particularly opposed a report from U.S.-based Spanish language broadcaster Univision during which he stated he was described as implicated in a marketing campaign finance conspiracy.
Univision had detailed a 44-page doc associated to the upcoming drug trafficking trial in New York of Hernandez’s brother, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, that contained testimony from somebody who gave the impression to be a former official.
“These are false accusations made by a drug trafficker,” Hernandez stated, whereas acknowledging that such a doc had been put earlier than a U.S. decide.
The Honduran president, a conservative lawyer who got here to energy in 2014, has reined in homicides with a troublesome coverage in opposition to drug cartels and road gangs that has been supported by the US and criticized by human rights teams.
In Might, a U.S. courtroom submitting confirmed that U.S. authorities had focused Hernandez in an investigation of large-scale drug trafficking and cash laundering, associated to the drug trafficking case in opposition to Hernandez’s brother.
Tony Hernandez was arrested in Miami in November. A pacesetter of the Cachiros gang had testified throughout a 2017 trial in New York that Tony Hernandez had taken a bribe to assist launder drug funds.
A number of different outstanding Hondurans, together with authorities officers, have already been prosecuted in Manhattan for drug-related crimes.
Reporting by Orfa Mejia, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Enhancing by Michael Perry