Honduran anti-graft mission investigates ex-president over drug money
27 May 2019

Former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is being investigated on suspicion of involvement in laundering illegal drug money as part of a wider probe into his 2010-14 administration, an international anti-corruption mission said on Friday.

The anti-graft unit of the Organization of American States (OAS) said the probe into Lobo began after Devis Leonel Rivera, a leader of the “Los Cachiros” drug cartel, testified in a U.S. court that he had given money to Lobo’s 2010 election campaign.

Rivera said Lobo “suggested to him that in exchange for donations to his political campaign, they would create companies that would be given contracts once he had won the presidential election,” Luiz Guimaraes, spokesman for the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), told reporters.

Lobo told a news conference at his house in Tegucigalpa that he had never had any dealings with “these criminals.”

“I’ve never received money from criminals nor had any private meetings with them,” Lobo said.

By Gustavo Palencia, Reuters, 24 May 2019

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Photo: Nan Palmero, Flickr [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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