Son of ex-Honduras president arrested in anti-drug operation

by Reuters
Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:54 GMT

TEGUCIGALPA, May 21 (Reuters) - Fabio Lobo, son of former Honduras president Porfirio Lobo, was arrested in an anti-drug operation in Haiti, with the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Honduran government said on Thursday.

Lobo was detained on Wednesday and has been extradited to New York, where he will appear before a judge on Friday, the Honduran government said in a statement.

It did not provide further details of why Lobo was detained. A spokesperson for the DEA was not immediately available to comment.

Porfirio Lobo was elected president of Honduras in late 2009 after a military coup ousted then-president Manuel Zelaya. Lobo left office in January 2014, when Juan Orlando Hernandez assumed the presidency.

"I hope that my son is innocent, but if he is guilty, he should take responsibility for his actions," Lobo said on Thursday, after a meeting with Hernandez.

During his presidency, Lobo battled rampant criminal violence and drug gangs as the country posted the highest homicide rate in the world in 2012. (Reporting by Gustavo Palencia, writing by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein, editing by G Crosse)

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