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What does it mean for the president of Honduras to have his brother sentenced in the US to life imprisonment for drug trafficking (and why it represents a “challenge” for the White House)

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World, New York

Honduran activists met in New York.

Image source, EPA


Honduran activists met in New York.

The brother of the president of Honduras heard his conviction for drug trafficking in a New York court on Tuesday in silence and wearing a blue prison suit: life imprisonment

Judge Kevin Castel’s decision is the outcome of the trial in which Tony Hernández, a 42-year-old former Honduran congressman, was found guilty of participating in the importation of 185,000 kilos of cocaine into the United States and other charges.

But the conviction is also a new sign of the questions facing his brother, President Juan Orlando Hernández.

When reading the sentence on Tuesday, Judge Castel himself said that the drug trafficking in which the defendant participated “was in fact sponsored by the state.”

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