Juan Orlando Hernandez: The Supreme Court of Honduras approved the extradition of the former president to the United States

The decision of the nation’s highest court to dismiss Hernandez’s appeal confirms decision of March 16 court in Honduras for his extradition to the United States.

The Honduran Supreme Court said in a statement that it voted unanimously in favor of extradition on the first charge “regarding the importation of a controlled substance into the United States.” The majority voted to extradite him on two charges related to possession of firearms.

Hernandez, who left office in January after eight years as president, will remain in detention until Honduran authorities negotiate with authorized agents to transfer him to the United States, the statement said.

The former president was arrested at his home on February 15 in US government request. About a month earlier, federal prosecutors said Hernandez helped an alleged drug dealer bring thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the US in exchange for large bribes. His administration at the time denied the allegation.

Hernandez’s brother, Tony Hernandez, is currently serving a life sentence in a US federal prison for drug trafficking. According to court documents in the case, US authorities believe that former President Hernandez was an accomplice in the operation, channeling drug money to fund his presidential campaigns. Hernandez has repeatedly denied these allegations.

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