(Al Jazeera) The trial of an alleged Honduran drug-trafficker, whose case implicates Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and other high-ranking officials, is getting under way in the Southern District of New York on Monday.
Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez, 50, was arrested trying to leave Miami in 2020 and has pleaded “not guilty” to charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States and related weapons charges.
References to Hernandez appear frequently in the filings against Fuentes Ramirez, as well as in a drug-trafficking case against Hernandez’s brother Tony, who was convicted of drug trafficking and related weapons charges in October 2019.
In that trial, US prosecutors said Hernandez had accepted millions in bribes from drug traffickers. The president has repeatedly denied the allegation.