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Ex Honduran president appears in U.S court over drug charges

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández made a virtual appearance Friday in federal court in New York to face drug trafficking and weapons charges after he was arrested in Honduras and extradited overnight to the United States.

Hernández, who has denied any wrongdoing, was not required to enter a plea at the 12-minute initial hearing before Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron in Manhattan.

A plea will occur at his next hearing on May 10 before Judge P. Kevin Castel, who would preside over a trial if it were to occur.

His lawyer, Raymond Colon, said he agreed at least for the moment to let Hernández remain behind bars rather than attempt to convince a judge to set bail.

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