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Honduran President’s brother gets life in US for drug trafficking

Tony Hernandez served as a member of the Honduran Congress from 2014 to 2018.
Tony Hernandez served as a member of the Honduran Congress from 2014 to 2018.

US; Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge Tuesday for large-scale drug trafficking after a trial that implicated the leader of the Central American country.

Tony Hernandez, 42, was found guilty in October 2019 on four counts -- including conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, possessing machine guns and making false statements.

Judge P. Kevin Castel said a life sentence for the former Honduran congressman who trafficked more than 185 tons of cocaine into the United States, some branded with his initials "TH," was "richly deserved."

Prosecutors had demanded life, stressing that Hernandez had "shown no remorse" and was "a central figure in one of the largest and most violent cocaine trafficking conspiracies in the world."

His defense team had called for the mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years.

Hernandez, who served as a member of the Honduran Congress from 2014 to 2018, was arrested at a Miami airport in November 2018.

During the trial, US prosecutors said President Hernandez had been a "co-conspirator" in his brother's crimes, although he has not been formally charged by the US judicial system.

President Hernandez has repeatedly denied all allegations of drug trafficking.

In a tweet ahead of the sentencing, the president said the news from New York would "be painful" and repeated an allegation that the main witness in the trial had lied.

Hernandez, a lawyer who came to power in January 2014 and is in his second term, has styled himself as a champion in the fight against drugs. - AFP