New York — Tony Hernandez, a former member of the House of Representatives in Honduras and brother of the current president, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 30 years for drug trafficking by a US judge on Tuesday.
Hernandez, 42, was convicted in October 2019 on narcotics and related weapons charges. Hernandez will also be forced to confiscate $ 138.5 million.
“This is exactly the type of action the government should aim for, as it is a state-sponsored drug trafficking and affects Honduras,” said US prosecutor Matthew La Roche. “Honduras is one of the world’s major drug transshipment sites and one of the most violent sites in the world.”
La Roche further stated that the “depth of corruption” highlighted the case of Hernandez.
“He secured protection from investigations, arrests and deliveries by paying large bribes to politicians like his brother and (former president) Porfirio Robososa,” said La Roche.
He received millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo Guzman, including one million, and poured them into the ruling National Party’s vault for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 elections, and his brother Juan. He said he had benefited President Orlando Hernandez.
President Hernandez has denied the claim and he has not been charged with a crime.
“Based on Tony Hernandez’s free choice to live a drug trafficking life for 12 years, the life imprisonment sentence is very valuable,” Judge Kevin Castel of the U.S. District Court told a federal court in Manhattan. I did.
Tony Hernandez’s lawyer, Peter Brill, said he would appeal.
In a statement, the Honduras government rejected claims by US prosecutors that it was a state that encouraged drug trafficking.
“These decisions, as a cornerstone, as a cornerstone, have a clearly false statement of drug traffickers they go and lie to seek profit for themselves and their families in the United States. I’m sorry for that, “said the statement.
Tony Hernandez ordered members of the Honduras security forces, control of the drug laboratory, and the sale of machine guns and ammunition, in addition to destroying the agency to transport at least 185,000 kilograms (204 tonnes) of cocaine to the United States. I did. Helped drug traffickers, and cause two murders.
President Hernandez acts as a US ally in immigration and drug control activities and often claims to be drug-stricken.
This claim could complicate President Joe Biden’s efforts by the new US administration to address the causes of migration from Central America by investing $ 4 billion in the region, including Honduras.
In a complaint against Honduras drug trafficker Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez, who was convicted earlier this month, prosecutors said Honduras law enforcement and military authorities to protect drug traffickers by Hernandez, who has been president since 2014. Said that he used.