The current president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, has received millions of dollars in bribes from drug traffickers, including Mexican cartel leader El Chapo, a federal prosecutor said in New York.

"The defendant was protected by the current president of Honduras, who received millions of dollars of drug traffickers, including Joaquin Guzmán al-Chapo," the prosecutor said Wednesday at the start of a trial of one of Honduras' brothers for drug trafficking.

Assistant Attorney General Jason Richman said on the first day of the trial of Juan Antonio Toni Hernandez Alvarado that El Chapo "handed over one million dollars to the accused to be transferred to his brother (President of Honduras)."

The president of Honduras wrote in a tweet on "Twitter" in response to the statements of the US federal prosecutor, that the accusations "are 100 percent false and absurd and ridiculous." "It's less serious than Alyssa's stories in Wonderland."

In a document published in August, the indictment confirmed that an unidentified drug smuggler from Honduras contributed $ 1.5 million to the election campaign of the current Honduran president in 2013.

The bulk of the money seems to have been paid to local politicians to support Hernandez, then president of parliament.

Source: AFP

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