The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez “ravaged his country” to send nearly 200,000 kilos of cocaine into the United States, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday during closing arguments in his drug-trafficking trial.
“This is not Netflix, this is not a movie,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove said as he tried to convince jurors to convict former Honduran congressman Juan Antonio Hernandez. “For almost 15 years the defendant ravaged his country to work with other men to send a title-wave of cocaine to the United States.”
Bove said the 41-year-old, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, was so “arrogant” he stamped his own initials into each kilo.
Meanwhile defense attorney Michael Tein told jurors that prosecutors were simply trying to shock the panel with cooperating witnesses he characterized as “liars, losers and murderers.”
“This isn’t a referendum on the drug war,” Tein said. “The question is whether the evidence you heard from the witness stand can be believed enough. If you’re not sure, you cannot convict.”
Over the course of the two-week trial, jurors heard testimony that Mexican drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman himself gave Hernandez $1 million to pass along to his brother’s presidential campaign.
The Honduran president has not been charged, and staunchly denies any wrongdoing.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Thursday.
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