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El Chapo 'gave $1m to Honduran president's brother' | BBC News - Oct. 3, 2019 |

US prosecutors say jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán gave $1m (£810,000) to the brother of the Honduran president, a bribe that was meant to reach the country's leader. The charge was read out at the start of the trial of President Juan Orlando Hernández's brother in New York.

Juan Antonio Hernández was arrested in an anti-drugs operation in Miami in November. The president said the claims were "100% false, absurd and ridiculous".

Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández, 41, faces four separate charges, including drug conspiracy to import cocaine into the US and weapons offences. He denies the accusations. If convicted he faces life in prison.

"The defendant was protected by and had access to his brother, the current sitting president of Honduras, a man who himself has received millions of dollars in drug money bribes," said Assistant US Attorney Jason Richman.

"Bribes he received from some of the largest cocaine traffickers in the world, bribes he received from men like 'El Chapo' and the Sinaloa cartel who personally delivered $1m to the defendant for his brother."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 09:03:56 AM EST
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