New York, USA
The Federal Court for the Southern District of New York received this Wednesday the document by which the former Honduran congressman, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, presented the appeal before that court.
Hernández, sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years on charges related to drug trafficking on March 30, insists on his innocence, for which reason he presents the aforementioned appeal.
According to the document entered in the electronic file of the case, to which LA PRENSA had access, the appeal process began the day after the sentence, that is, on March 31.
The document was sent to the attention of the judge Kevin Castel, who has been assigned to the case from the beginning and was the one who pronounced the sentence against Hernández.
The document also states that the appeal not only includes the sentence handed down last week, but also the conviction that found Tony guilty in October 2019.
The appeal was filed by the attorney Peter Brill, who, for the purposes of this appeal, remains as Tony’s legal representative, despite the fact that he had expressed his disagreement with the performance of the lawyer, for which a possible cessation of his functions as legal representative of the Honduran was presumed.
The process continues
The Court will process the appeal, so Tony’s case will go from the hands of the court of first instance to the court of appeals, which will presumably be the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which is the court in whose jurisdiction the cases that originate in the federal courts of the State of New York (which includes the Southern District) fall.
This step is the most recent in the case of Tony Hernández, since his arrest in Miami, Florida, in late November 2018.
Eleven months after his arrest, President Juan Orlando Hernández’s brother was subjected to a two-week trial in which he was found guilty of drug trafficking, possession and use of weapons and destructive devices, and giving false statements to federal officials. in October 2019.
One year and five months after his conviction, Hernández was sentenced to life imprisonment, after which he began processing his appeal.
It is now up to the Court of Appeals to review the case, either to annul the process or reaffirm the sentence.