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Hernandez denies drug involvement

Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez has denied reports from a US court filing linking him to drug trafficking, and has instead accused criminals of seeking revenge against him.

“The drug traffickers are looking for revenge against the only president who’s done what he’s needed to do,” he said on Saturday, detailing his efforts to curb illegal drug sales in the country where drug gangs have prominent strongholds.

Mr Hernandez specifically opposed a report from US-based Spanish language broadcaster Univision, in which he said he was described as implicated in a campaign finance conspiracy.

Univision had detailed a 44-page document related to the upcoming drug trafficking trial in New York of Mr Hernandez’s brother, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, which contained testimony from someone who appeared to be a former official.

“These are false accusations made by a drug trafficker,” Mr Hernandez said, while acknowledging that such a document had been put before a US judge.

The Honduran president, a conservative lawyer who came to power in 2014, has reined in murders with a tough policy against drug cartels and street gangs that has been supported by the US and criticised by human rights groups.

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