Mon. Oct 21st, 2019

Hondurans waiting for the trial of President Hernández's brother in the US


The trial in New York started on October 2 against former deputy Juan Antonio Hernández, brother of the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, focuses the attention of Hondurans, who remain divided since the crisis resulting from the coup in June 2009 to the then ruler, Manuel Zelaya.

Since the departure of Zelaya, the society of the Central American country was divided between "coup" and "beaten", but to that crisis, of which the wounds have not been closed, the one of the "fraud" that argues the opposition was in the general elections of November 2017, in which Juan Orlando Hernández was re-elected.

The crisis arising from the "fraud" alleged by the opposition is still in force and now the allegations in New York that have splashed President Hernández are added, in the sense that he would have received money from Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, for his campaign 2013 policy.

While the political opposition has resumed its demand that President Hernández out of power, activists of the ruling National Party argue that drug traffickers who are witnessing in New York are lying and have no evidence that the ruler has accepted money from the "Chapo" Guzman

Since the trial against Juan Antonio Hernández began, the Prosecutor of the Southern District of New York accused his brother president of using drug money to stay in power and finance his campaigns to the 2009 congress and the 2013 and 2017 presidency.

The other two accusations against the president from New York have been from the confessed drug traffickers Víctor Hugo Díaz Morales, alias "El Rojo", and former mayor Alexander Ardon, alias "Chander".

President Hernández has rejected all the accusations and emphasized that credibility cannot be given to drug traffickers who already confessed, in addition, to be murderers of dozens of people.

According to the president, the drug traffickers now accuse him because his posters were dismantled in his government and seized many goods that were made from drug trafficking.

The trial against Juan Antonio Hernández, which could take between twelve and fourteen days, according to Honduran lawyers, will continue tomorrow, while in Tegucigalpa the voices that require his brother to leave power increase.

The Freedom and Refoundation Party (Free), the first opposition force in Parliament and whose general coordinator is former President Manuel Zelaya, even presented an initiative on Tuesday for President Hernández to open a "political trial", something impossible because they would need at least 96 votes from the 128 deputies that make up the legislative power, of which 61 are from the ruling party.

Former President Zelaya also bets on the advance of the general elections, which are scheduled for November 28, 2021.

The Liberal Party and the former presidential candidate for the Anti-Corruption Party, Salvador Nasralla, also demand that Juan Orlando Hernández leave power, in a country that also lacks political leaders.

That lack of leaders has led many Hondurans to ask who to leave in power, because there is no credibility in the president of Parliament, Mauricio Oliva, or in the head of the Supreme Court of Justice, Rolando Argueta, who are similar to Juan Orlando Hernandez

Nor is there confidence in the Armed Forces, which the opposition accuses of protecting the Honduran ruler, a lawyer by profession who studied his high school at the Liceo Militar, in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.

The financing of political campaigns for positions of popular election in Honduras with drug trafficking funds is an issue that several sectors have been denouncing for several years, but began to interest more as a result of the involvement of recognized figures such as former president Porfirio Lobo and current ruler, in addition to his relatives, among others.

Fabio Lobo, son of former President Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014), was captured five years ago in Haiti and taken for drug trafficking to the United States, where in September 2017 he was sentenced to 24 years in jail.

Former deputy Juan Antonio Hernández, who has declared himself "not guilty", was arrested in 2018 in the United States, where more than 30 Honduran drug traffickers also face trial, of which one part was handed over in extradition to that country and others were handed over to its authorities on American soil.

Some of the defendants have made agreements with the United States justice with the idea of ​​reducing their sentences.

Germán Reyes

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