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Honduran president’s party says it will cooperate in probe

June 14, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez acknowledges supporters accompanied by his wife Ana Garcia, during his presidential inaugural ceremony at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras’ ruling party said Wednesday, June 13, that it will cooperate with prosecutors’ investigation into allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013 campaign of President Hernandez. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras’ ruling party says it will cooperate with prosecutors’ investigation into allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013 campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

The National Party issued a statement Wednesday after the investigation was announced by Honduran prosecutors and an anti-corruption mission sponsored by the Organization of American States. The party says no one can be above the law and that the responsibility to fight corruption is individual.

Authorities sought 38 arrest warrants from the country’s supreme court in relation to the case, but did not provide any names.

Prosecutors say $11.7 million was diverted from the agriculture ministry to political parties through nonprofit organizations.

Part of the money allegedly was used for a discount card distributed by Hernandez’s campaign.

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