Ex-Honduras President, Arrested, agrees to Extradition to the US

Former Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose extradition is sought by the United States for alleged drug trafficking, surrendered to police Tuesday after a judge ordered his arrest.

Court spokesman Melvin Duarte said an arrest warrant for Hernandez “has been issued,” while his home in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, was surrounded by hundreds of police pending a decision on the US bid.

Hernandez must appear before the judge within 24 hours, the spokesman added.

Earlier, the country’s supreme court assigned a judge, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, to weigh the US request.

According to reports, the US requested to extradite Hernandez on charges relating to weapons and a drug-trafficking scheme between 2004 and 2022.

The embassy said in the document that Hernandez was part of a scheme to receive in Honduras tonnes of cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela, which were then shipped to the US.

Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Hernandez was included on the list of people accused of corruption or undermining democracy in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras last year.

“The United States is advancing transparency and accountability in Central America by making public visa restrictions against Honduras’ Hernandez, on account of corrupt actions,” Blinken said on Twitter on February 7. “No one is above the law.”

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