Why is the US extraditing the former president of Honduras?

Juan Orlando Hernandez is accused in a drug and weapons trafficking scandal that may lead to his extradition to the US.

ex-Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seen handcuffed at the headquarters of the Honduras Police.
Ex-Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seen handcuffed at the headquarters of the Honduran police, after receiving an extradition order from the United States in Tegucigalpa [AFP]

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1340 EAT on Monday 4th 2022.

Less than three weeks after he finished his presidency, Juan Orlando Hernandez was arrested. United States prosecutors accused the former Honduran president of being involved in a drug trafficking ring with his younger brother Tony. So how did Hernandez and his family become entangled in a cocaine and weapons trafficking scandal that may lead to his extradition to the US?

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