By DAVID BILLER Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – In a bizarre speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the Honduran president defended his crime-fighting skills and hinted that convicted drug traffickers testifying against him in the States- United did so in exchange for favorable treatment.
President Juan Orlando Hernández has praised the drop in homicide rates in his country in recent years and the crackdown on organized crime, as well as his government’s collaboration with the DEA, the FBI, the US Department of Justice and the US Southern Command. He also pointed to the surreptitious recording of drug traffickers following his 2013 election, which he called worthy of the Netflix show “Narcos” and proved he was not in cahoots with them. .
“Talking to each other, they described their reality: the narcos complain in these recordings that despite their efforts, they could not work out anything with me; that I’m not someone they can work with or negotiate with, ”he said. “On the contrary, they know I would be relentless with organized crime. They even discuss how to try to kill me.
The nearly half-hour speech in New York marked the first time since his brother’s conviction that Hernández has addressed allegations in a global forum that he accepted bribes from drug traffickers.
His brother, a former Honduran congressman, was sentenced to life in Manhattan federal court in March after prosecutors argued that Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández was a central figure in one of the world’s largest and most violent drug conspiracies.