Tegucigalpa, Honduras.- The defense of the former President of Honduras will appeal to Joaquín, “El Chapo”, Guzmán to declare the “innocence” of Juan Orlado Hernández, who is accused of drug trafficking and other crimes by the United States.
“‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, who we are going to bring as a witness, is going to tell the world the truth, he is going to tell them that he never did business with Juan Orlando,” Ángel Martínez, a defense investigator, said in an interview with TELEMUNDO.
The former Honduran president pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and weapons possession on Tuesday in a New York court.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel gave Juan Orlado’s younger brother, Tony Hernández, a million dollars to finance the campaign of the former President of Honduras.
“If Tony did business with drug traffickers, the Prosecutor’s Office has no evidence to say that Juan Orlado was negotiating with the drug trafficker,” added Martínez.
The president, extradited to the United States last month, faces three charges: criminal association to import cocaine, possession of weapons and destructive tools, and criminal association to use weapons and destructive tools.
“Not guilty, your honor,” said the former president when asked by Castel how he pleaded, dressed in a dark blue prison uniform.
Upon entering the room, Hernández, who was not handcuffed, nodded to a crowd of Hondurans who were in the room.
The prosecutors said during the hearing that they have as evidence recordings, material stolen from electronic devices and intercepted conversations.
Raymond Colon, Hernandez’s attorney, complained to the judge about the limited access he has had to his client and asked that he be released from solitary confinement to which he has been subjected in jail.