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Juan Orlando Hernández’s lawyer dismisses the former president’s relationship with his brother convicted of drug trafficking

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Juan Orlando Hernández’s lawyer dismisses the former president’s relationship with his brother convicted of drug trafficking

Former President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, on Trial for Drug Trafficking Charges

In the ongoing trial of former president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, who faces charges of drug trafficking and use of weapons, his defense lawyer sought to dismiss any connection between Hernández and his convicted brother, Tony, during the opening statements this Wednesday. This comes on the heels of the selection of the 12 members of the jury for the trial in Manhattan’s Southern District Court.

Hernández’s defense attorney, Renato Stabile, maintained that the evidence against Hernández does not prove his guilt, as there are no videos or bank records of him speaking or collaborating with drug traffickers. However, he did admit to photos of the former president with criminals, but clarified that they were taken at public events.

Stabile also made a poignant appeal to the jury, emphasizing the differences between Hernández and his brother Tony, who was previously sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking charges. Stabile highlighted the ten-year age difference between the brothers and their disparate upbringing, in an effort to distance Hernández from his brother’s criminal activities.

But the prosecutor in the case, David Robles, painted a starkly different picture, alleging that Hernández worked closely with violent traffickers in Honduras to send cocaine to the United States. Robles accused Hernández of bribery, corruption, and using drug money to ensure his election.

The defense highlighted Hernández’s biography, describing him as a family man and stressing the actions he took in his two terms as president (2014-2022) against drug trafficking and violence.

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The trial is set to take two to three weeks, during which time the jury will hear from witnesses, including accounts from an accountant and members of drug trafficking organizations. If found guilty, Hernández could face a life sentence.

Hernández, who has been vocally denying the allegations against him since his arrest and extradition in 2022, has not confirmed whether he will testify in his own defense.

The ongoing trial is a critical juncture in the case against Hernández, who was known for maintaining close relations with the United States during his tenure, particularly in matters of immigration and combating drug trafficking. However, parallel to this, US authorities have been investigating him for alleged involvement with drug trafficking organizations.

The trial will continue to unfold, with the courtroom set to hear from key witnesses and adversaries of the former president, raising a mix of intrigue and uncertainty regarding the outcome of the case against Juan Orlando Hernández.

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