Now that Ex-Dictator of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez has been extradited to the US, he is now standing trial in court in New York for drug smuggling charges. From 2014 until January 2022 he was frequently called an Ally by the US Government. The Obama Administration, the Trump Administration and even last year the Biden Presidency kept praising the Central American Narco-Dictator. They knew full well he was horrible. The DEA was already investigating Juan Orlando Hernandez in 2013 for cocaine smuggling and taking drug bribes. The Justice Department is saying that he and his younger brother Tony Hernandez have been involved in cocaine smuggling crimes since 2004. So the US Government cannot use the excuse “they didn’t know” in his criminal trial happening right now as they prosecute him.
Hernandez Defense lawyer’s have asked to subpoena Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden to testify in his trial since they had been complicit with him the whole time. Also mentioned were Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and General John Kelly.
I wrote a post 2 weeks ago about our American Political leadership needing to give an account in this criminal trial. The Honduras Dictator’s defense team wants them to testify in the trial. His defense team also has called out the hypocrisy of the US Government in supporting Juan Orlando Hernandez for many years and now wanting to throw him away in prison.
The chances that any of them will appear at this trial are very slim. General Manuel Noriega of Panama also tried to do the same during his 1991-1992 trial. Noriega requested that Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush testify at his trial. Bush had been a supporter of Noriega, especially when he was director of the CIA in the 1970s and paying General Noriega a salary. Neither Reagan or Bush testified in the trial. Only some DEA officials testified in Noriega’s trial. They claimed that their earlier praise of Noriega prior to 1988 was ignorance and tried to lie their way out.
Also happening right now, is the former National Police Commander of Honduras Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladeres has also been extradited to the USA this week to also face criminal charges in the USA. Valladares was in the Honduras Police from 1985-2016. He took a cadet course with the US Army’s School of the American Program in 1992. He has a violent and corrupt record as a police leader. Including death squad activity.