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Security & Strategic Review - May 2022

HONDURAS: Hernández loses final appeal

On 21 April Honduras’s former president Juan Orlando Hernández (Partido Nacional, PN, 2014-2022) was extradited to the US to face drug trafficking and weapons-related charges. This followed the authorisation by Honduras’s supreme court (CSJ) of his extradition, less than three months after Hernández and his PN government left office. The prospect of his finally being brought to justice, albeit in the US rather than in domestic courts, is a major boon for the new leftist Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro, whose electoral pledge to fight corruption was a key factor in its victory in the November 2021 election.

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