Honduras maintains dialogue with the US, despite drug trafficking charges against the president

Honduras maintains dialogue with the US, despite drug trafficking charges against the president
Honduras maintains dialogue with the US, despite drug trafficking charges against the president

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This content was published on 05. April 2021 – 21:48

05. April 2021 – 21:48

(AFP)
Honduras, whose president was mentioned for drug trafficking in a New York court, is in dialogue with the United States on migration, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

That weekend, a delegation from Washington visited Central America to address the issue, without going through Tegucigalpa.

The envoy by President Joe Biden to seek a solution to irregular immigration from the North Triangle of Central America, Ricardo Zúñiga, started a business trip this Monday that will take him to Guatemala and El Salvador.

Honduran media claims the delegate avoided the country after the president, Juan Orlando Hernández, was questioned for alleged links to drug trafficking.

“This Holy Week we had a very fruitful conversation, of approximately 40 minutes, with Ricardo (Zúñiga), where we finalized details of the working groups that we have conducted bilaterally with the United States since February 4” about the phenomenon of migration that affects the region , announced the Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lisandro Rosales.

“I am happy that El Salvador and Guatemala are already starting these dialogues with the United States. Honduras started on February 4,” said Rosales. “With us they are already more advanced, we are already talking about specific issues”, noted the minister.

Last week, a Manhattan court sentenced former deputy Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, the president’s brother, to life in prison, holding him responsible for the entry of 185,000 kilograms of cocaine into the United States, with the help of state institutions.

Court judge Kevin Castel said the convict “acted as an intermediary in bribing politicians, including his brother Juan Orlando Hernández and the National Party”.

Castel added that in a meeting with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, “Tony” Hernández “accepted the offer of $ 1 million in cash for his brother Juan Orlando’s presidential campaign in exchange for a promise of protection for your drug shipments and immunity “.

President Hernández rejects the accusations and criticizes the courts of the United States for relying, according to him, on testimonies from former drug addicts persecuted by the Honduran government in search of revenge. Your brother will appeal the sentence.

The Honduran president claims to have transcripts of recordings made by the United States’ Drug Control Administration (DEA) in 2013, where traffickers who accuse him today assured them that they would not be able to negotiate with him.

“Tony Hernández’s conviction and sentence is a reminder that there is no position powerful enough to protect you from facing justice when you violate United States drug laws by sending tons of cocaine to our country,” he said. the agent in charge of the DEA Operations Division, Wendy Woolcock.

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