US jails ex-Honduras president for 45 years on medicine costs

A courtroom in New York on Wednesday sentenced former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez to 45 years in jail after he was convicted of trafficking a whole bunch of tons of cocaine into the United States.

Anti-Hernandez protesters gathered exterior the Manhattan courthouse forward of sentencing brandishing placards decrying the previous head of state’s crimes.

The sentence, which additionally included an $8 million effective, was lower than the life imprisonment that prosecutors had sought — though Hernandez’s age, 55, means he might die behind bars.

Hernandez, who US federal prosecutors stated turned his Central American nation right into a “narco-state” throughout his presidency from 2014 to 2022, has beforehand indicated by means of his authorized staff he would attraction his conviction.

Hernandez was convicted in March of getting facilitated the smuggling of some 500 tons of cocaine — primarily from Colombia and Venezuela — to the United States by way of Honduras since 2004, beginning lengthy earlier than his presidency.

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Hernandez used the drug cash to counterpoint himself, finance his political marketing campaign, and commit electoral fraud within the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections, prosecutors stated.

He was extradited to the United States in 2022, accused of aiding drug smugglers in return for hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in bribes.

Hernandez follows within the footsteps of different former Latin American heads of state convicted within the United States, like Panama’s Manuel Noriega in 1992 and Guatemala’s Alfonso Portillo in 2014.



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