WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – The United States has blocked former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and his immediate family from traveling to the United States over allegations he accepted bribes from traffickers drugs in exchange for political favors, the US State Department said on Tuesday.
Designations under US law, “because of their involvement in significant corruption,” also apply to former Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla, who the department said had embezzled “public funds for her personal gain. “, as well as their children, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“While their corrupt acts have undermined the stability of democratic institutions in Honduras, former President Lobo has yet to be convicted and Rosa Lobo has been released from prison pending a new trial,” said Blinken, adding: “These designations reaffirm the United States’ commitment to fighting corruption. and contempt for the rule of law which hinders progress in Honduras. “
Lobo under investigation for suspected involvement in illegal drug money laundering as part of broader investigation into his 2010-2014 administration, international anti-corruption mission says in 2019.
His wife was also accused of embezzling the equivalent of $ 779,000 of funds from international donations and public coffers intended for social programs during her sentence and had been sentenced to jail before a judge ordered in 2020 a new trial.
Their son, Fabio Lobo, was sentenced in 2017 to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2016 to a drug charge in the United States.
Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Steve Orlofsky
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