03 Jun 2019
AP — The Honduran government says that U.S. federal court documents show no incriminating evidence against President Juan Orlando Hernández, despite listing him as being a target of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.
Revelations of the investigation prompted Hernández’s office to issue a statement Thursday saying that drug traffickers who had been caught and extradited to the U.S. by Hernández in 2015 falsely accused the president and some of his closest advisers of drug trafficking and money laundering activities.
It said the U.S. government was then forced to investigate those allegations but found no evidence of wrongdoing by the president. A court document filed on Tuesday “shows no precedents linking president Hernández or his officials to drug trafficking, “the Honduran statement said.
Neither U.S. prosecutors nor the DEA have commented on the status of the investigation into Hernández, which was revealed in documents filed in the Southern District of New York as part of pre-trial motions in the case of one of Hernández’s brothers, Juan Antonio Hernández. There is no evidence of any charges against the president, however.
The documents mentioned that President Hernández was among a group of individuals investigated by the DEA since about 2013 for allegedly participating “in large-scale drug-trafficking and money laundering activities relating to the importation of cocaine into the United States”.
By Claudia Torrens, AP, 31 May 2019
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