The United States has blocked former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and his immediate family from traveling to the US, alleging that he accepted bribes from drug traffickers.

According to the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, President Lobo accepted bribes from the narco-trafficking organization Los Cachiros in exchange for political favours while in office.

The designations under US law apply also to former Honduras First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla, who the US alleges misused public funds for her personal benefit as well as for their children.

While their corrupt acts undermined the stability of Honduras’ democratic institutions, former President Lobo has not yet been convicted and Rosa has been released from prison awaiting a retrial.

Rosa had been accused of misusing the equivalent of USD $779,000 in funds from international donations and public coffers meant for social programs during Lobo’s term and had been sentenced in Tegucigalpa to 58 years in prison before a judge in 2020 ordered a new trial.

In 2017, their son, Fabio Lobo, was sentenced in the US to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to using his father’s position and his own connections with drug traffickers and corrupt police and government officials to bring huge quantities of cocaine into the US. US prosecutors have described how drug money has infiltrated and controls the Honduran government.

These efforts reiterate US commitment to combat corruption and protect the rule of law

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