Latin America

Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández: from the presidency to a U.S. prison?

Just weeks after leaving the president's office, Juan Orlando Hernández was arrested on drug charges — and could find himself extradited to the U.S.

honduras Sitting down and wearing a blue face mask, Juan Orlando Hernández is arrested by the Honduran Special Forces. Photo: Gustavo Amador/EFE via Folhapress
Sitting down and wearing a blue face mask, Juan Orlando Hernández is arrested by the Honduran Special Forces. Photo: Gustavo Amador/EFE via Folhapress

Just three weeks ago, Juan Orlando “JOH” Hernández was the president of Honduras. Today, he was arrested on gunrunning and drug-trafficking charges and faces extradition to the U.S. — where a federal court has already convicted his brother for taking a bribe from notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The U.S. seeks to extradite Mr. Hernández for his part in a criminal ring operating between 2004 and 2022 which allegedly smuggled 500,000 kilos of cocaine from Venezuela and Colombia into America’s borders. At around 6 am on Tuesday, Mr. Hernández announced on social media that he would turn himself...

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