Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was president from 2014 until January, is wanted on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

“The extradition will happen next week,” Security Minister Ruben Sabillon told news channel HCH on Wednesday, as reported by the Reuters news agency.

“We have to get in touch with US authorities for his surrender.”

The Honduran Supreme Court on March 28 rejected an appeal from Hernandez to stop the extradition. He served as president from 2014 until earlier this year and was arrested in the capital Tegucigalpa in mid-February.

US authorities say Hernandez facilitated the smuggling of some 500 tonnes of drugs – mainly from Colombia and Venezuela – to the US via Honduras since 2004, in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes.

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