In his opening statement, Richman said that El Chapo Guzman gave $1 million to Tony Hernandez to give to his brother, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Richman said:
The defendant was protected by and had access to his brother, the current sitting president of Honduras, a man who himself has received millions of dollars in drug money bribes -- bribes he received from some of the largest cocaine traffickers in the world, -- bribes he received from men like El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel who personally delivered $1 million to the defendant for his brother."Richman also said of Juan Orlando Hernandez that he took some $1.5 million in drug money to win his first presidential campaign in 2013 in exchange for protection for the drug traffickers. He accepted a further $40,000 from traffickers for his 2017 re-election campaign, Richman alleged.
Prosecutors accused Juan Orlando Hernandez of working with his brother Tony and former president Porfirio Lobo Sosa to take advantage of the drug trafficking to consolidate power and control in Honduras.
Former President Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo Sosa was also accused, but not charged, in the opening statement by Jason Richman. Pepe Lobo is alleged to have accepted $2 million in drug money for his 2009 campaign
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