Former Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernández arrested as US seeks to extradite him over drug trafficking suspicions

ABC News Australia

Police have arrested former Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández at his home, following a request by the United States for his extradition on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

The arrest came shortly after a Honduran judge signed an arrest order and less than three weeks after Mr Hernández left office.

It follows years of allegations by US prosecutors of the Honduran leader’s alleged links to drug traffickers.

Mr Hernández exited his home flanked by police, shackled at the wrists and ankles, and wearing a bulletproof jacket.

He entered a police vehicle and was driven away.

A police helicopter that had been waiting nearby took flight, but appeared to just be escorting the caravan.

The Supreme Court of Justice had designated a judge to handle the case and hours later the judge signed the order for Mr Hernández’s arrest, a court spokesman said.

The security ministry, which had Mr Hernández’s home surrounded since Monday evening, moved quickly to arrest him.

Speaking to a local TV channel before the arrest, Mr Hernández’s lawyer Hermes Ramirez said the police deployment constituted an “attack” on the ex-president’s rights as it had prevented advisers from coming to the residence.

Mr Hernández has repeatedly denied any involvement in drug trafficking.

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