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Honduras drug trafficking case highlights danger of unchecked corruption

The recent U.S. sentencing of the Honduran president’s brother for drug trafficking highlights what happens when corruption runs amok in a country, with consequences that ripple out far beyond that territory’s own borders. During his day in court last month, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez unsuccessfully made his last attempt to… Read More

Honduran civil groups call for president’s resignation over drug trafficking charges

Dozens of Honduran civil society organizations on Monday demanded the “immediate” resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez and main government officials for having turned the country into a “narco-state.” Hernandez’s brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge at the end of March for large-scale drug… Read More

Latin America Elites Seek Corrupt Access to Vaccines

The seizure in Mexico of COVID-19 vaccine smuggled aboard a private plane linked to a Honduran textile magnate marks the first instance of alleged transnational vaccine smuggling in Latin America — in a mysterious case that betrays a pattern of clandestine deals between economic and political elites keen to access… Read More
31st March 2021
The president of Honduras has participated in a violent cocaine trafficking conspiracy, a U.S. prosecutor said at a hearing where the president’s brother was sentenced to life in an American prison. President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s brother, Juan Antonio Hernandez, received his sentence on Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle almost 200,000… Read More
12th March 2021
A Honduran drug clan leader testified in a New York court on Thursday that he paid Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez $250,000 in bribes to secure government contracts as well as protection from capture and extradition to the United States. The money, which was paid in 2012 when Hernandez was… Read More
10th March 2021
U.S. prosecutors alleged on Tuesday that Honduras had become a “narco-state” with security forces and politicians, including President Juan Orlando Hernandez, working with traffickers to move large quantities of cocaine into the United States. In opening statements to the jury in the trial of alleged drug trafficker Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez,… Read More
24th February 2021
A group of influential Democratic senators are introducing legislation which would sanction the president of Honduras – an alleged drug trafficker and key US ally – and cut off financial aid and ammunition sales to the country’s security forces which are implicated in widespread human rights abuses and criminal… Read More
17th February 2021
By Héctor Silva Ávalos and Victoria Dittmar, InSight Crime, 16 February 2021 InSight Crime — An informant working in the western department of Lempira looked at General Leandro Osorio and spoke: “I know a place where there are drugs.” It was mid-January 2014 and Osorio was chief… Read More
11th January 2021
AP — U.S. federal prosecutors have filed motions saying that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández took bribes from drug traffickers and had the country’s armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the United States. The documents quote Hernández as saying he wanted to “‘shove the… Read More
30th November 2020
Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said on Friday that he had been “unjustly” detained at the Central American nation’s Toncontin international airport for carrying $18,000 in cash, which he said was not his. “I don’t know the origin of that money. Obviously someone must have put it in my belongings. Read More
10th November 2020
By Héctor Silva Ávalos, InSight Crime, 8 November 2020 InSightCrime – Tegucigalpa mayor Nasry “Tito” Asfura — who has announced he will run for president in Honduras’ 2021 elections — has been named in a government investigation into the embezzlement of more than a million dollars in city funds,… Read More
20th October 2020
It was early July when David Velásquez, then 29, started to feel the aches and fever that made him suspect he had caught COVID-19. His brother, José, rushed him to one of Honduras’ emergency centers for virus testing and treatment, but all he found was chaos. “The disorganization was tremendous,”… Read More
1st May 2020
U.S. prosecutors announced new charges Thursday linking Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to drug trafficking, raising the pressure on a close ally of the Trump administration. The Honduran president was not charged. But the indictment alleged that former national police chief Juan Carlos Bonilla oversaw the shipment of tons… Read More