Juan Orlando Hernandez tells judge DEA has infiltrated his defense, family targeted with death threats

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By LatAm Reports Editor

Former President Juan Orlando Hernandez reported Thursday in front of Judge Kevin Castell that his family has received death threats.

At the hearing in the Southern District Court of New York, Hernandez stood before the judge and told him he had two emergencies, the first being that his lawyer Raymond Columbus is ill and has not given work as he expected.

Likewise, he insinuated that the person who referred him to Columbus says that the DEA recruited him to infiltrate my defense.

Now you’re opposed to fundraising for my legal defense. I need a public attorney. “I cannot continue this trial,” Hernandez said before the judge.

I just found out about the death threats against my family, the prosecutors hadn’t told me. I need a public defender. America brought me here. Colonies used to suffer under England… He was tyranny,” said the former president of Honduras.

In response to these statements by the defendant, his defender assured that he can no longer represent him.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in El Heraldo