Honduras’ Anti-Corruption Push Has Stalled

By Jennifer Ávila

Despite former President Juan Orlando Hernández’s conviction in the U.S., progress on corruption in his country has been slow as a UN commission hangs in the balance.

TEGUCIGALPA — More than two dozen Honduran drug traffickers, politicians and businessmen have passed through U.S. courts since 2012, when the two countries signed an extradition agreement. The most important defendant, former President Juan Orlando Hernández (2014-22), was convicted of drug and weapons trafficking on March 8. He is awaiting sentencing and faces a minimum of 40 years in U.S. prison, where his brother, a former congressman, is himself serving a life sentence for drug trafficking. But in Honduras, these convictions are seen as just a drop of justice in a desert of...

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