The brother of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking.
Former Congressman Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, 42, was found guilty in October 2019 of smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States.
Hernandez was also obliged to pay $138.5 million in forfeiture as the prosecutors said in their sentencing memo that it was “blood money” from drug trafficking.
US prosecutor Matthew Laroche said that this drug trafficking was “exactly the type of conduct the government should be targeting, because of the impact it has on Honduras.”
“Honduras is one of the principal drug transshipment places in the world and one of the most violent places in the world,” he added.
Laroche also said Hernandez had bribed massive politicians for his secured protection from investigation, arrest, and extradition.
Meanwhile, President Juan Orlando Hernandez called his brother’s sentence “outrageous”.
Lawyers of Hernandez said they will appeal against the sentence.
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