Honduran ex-president seems at first extradition listening to on US drug costs

Issued on: 17/02/2022 – 04:31

Handcuffed and shackled, former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez arrived at his first extradition listening to on Wednesday, the place he was met by dozens of boisterous followers in addition to emboldened critics who assailed what they known as his narco-dictatorship.

Hernandez ruled the Central American nation for eight years till final month and now faces a U.S. extradition request issued Tuesday that seeks to drive him to face drug trafficking costs in U.S. courts.

“You aren’t alone! There’s a nice political occasion that helps you,” one supporter of Hernandez’s right-wing Nationwide Occasion informed native broadcaster TSI.

A scuffle broke out between each supporters and critics in entrance of the justice ministry the place Hernandez’s listening to befell, together with pushing and shoving plus some rock throwing, however police shortly separated them.

The choose overseeing the extradition case has scheduled an evidentiary listening to on March 16, in line with Judiciary spokesman Melvin Duarte.

The choose ordered that Hernandez stay detained till then at a police particular forces base.

Hernandez, 53, was arrested by police on Tuesday, in a spectacle carried dwell on native tv, after the ex-president and one-time Washington ally pledged his cooperation.

A U.S. Embassy doc seen by Reuters alleged that Hernandez was a part of an operation to transit large quantities of cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela through Honduras to the United States. The doc additional claims that he obtained hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in bribes in alternate for offering safety to traffickers.

Hernandez has denied all wrongdoing and has beforehand sought to solid aspersions on prosecutors’ proof whereas additionally highlighting his previous assist from U.S. officers.

Final yr, a U.S. choose sentenced Hernandez’s brother to life in jail plus 30 years in a serious cocaine trafficking case.

“Sure we did! Sure we did! They’re taking the corrupt narco-dictator,” mentioned a member of the leftist Libre occasion of recent President Xiomara Castro, who gave his identify solely as Manuel.

(REUTERS)

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