A former Honduran congressman will learn on Friday whether or not he will be extradited to the US.

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Un exdiputado hondureño conocerá el viernes si será extraditado o no a EE.UU.

Former Honduran deputy Midence Oquelí Martínez will know next Friday whether or not he will be extradited to the United States, a country that accuses him of three crimes associated with drug trafficking and the use of weapons, the Honduran Supreme Court reported Wednesday.

Martínez, who was a deputy for the opposition Liberal Party of Honduras during the periods 2010-2014 and 2014-2018, appeared this Wednesday before a judge at the second hearing that was set for him on December 4, when he appeared at the first and was He was placed under provisional arrest.

However, the first instance extradition judge will announce his "resolution of the extradition request" de Martínez, indicated the judiciary in a message on social networks.

According to official information, the former deputy allegedly carried out "businesses and directly supported drug trafficking" to the Cachiros cartel, "supplying them with weapons and facilitating the trafficking of illegal substances".

Martínez, who would have received at least one million dollars from Los Cachiros between 2004 and 2014, is requested in extradition by the Federal Court of New York.

According to the official version, Martínez is accused of participating in a conspiracy to import into the United States. "a controlled substance; manufacture and distribute a controlled substance with the intent and knowledge that said substance would be illegally imported into the United States, and manufacture, distribute, and possess a controlled substance on board an aircraft registered in that country in violation of title 21.

The second charge against Martinez is "use and carry machine guns and destructive devices during and in relation to the crime of drug trafficking charged in charge one, and possess machine guns and destructive devices, and in complicity thereof in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code of America".

Charge three refers to his participation in "a conspiracy to use and carry machine guns and destructive devices during and in connection with the crime of drug trafficking charged on count one, and possess machine guns and destructive devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code".

The defendant directed operations, with heavily armed men between the east and west of his country, who mobilized shipments of cocaine from Venezuela and Colombia, which they then sent to Guatemala, en route to the United States, according to reports published in local media.

Between 2014 and 2022, the Central American country has extradited to the United States at least 34 Hondurans.

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