Hernandez pleads not guilty to drugs, weapons charges in run-up to illegal US trial

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A former president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, has pleaded not guilty to drugs and weapons charges in a court in New York. Mr Hernandez, who governed the Central American nation until January, was extradited to the US on 21 April, less than three months after his second term in office ended. The ex-leader has denied wrongdoing. He says he is innocent and argues that disgruntled drug traffickers are trying to frame him. Mr Hernandez, 53, is facing three criminal charges: conspiracy to import a controlled substance into the US; using or carrying firearms including machine guns; and conspiracy to use or carry firearms.” [editor’s note: Per the Sixth Amendment, Hernandez is entitled to trial by “an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.” In other words, the jurors would have to be Hondurans for the trial to be legit – TLK] (05/10/22)