Interesting side information about Mario José Calix Hernandez, Tony Hernandez’s middle-man who was mentioned in the NY courtroom today. Tony Hernandez is the brother of Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernandez.
New York Times’s reporter Emily Palmer posted a live tweet thread of collaborating witness, Victor Hugo Díaz Morales “El Rojo”’s testimony today in the New York Southern District court. These tweets mention Mario Jose Calix.
Who is Mario Jose Calix Hernandez?
According to the United States Department of Justice:
“CALIX HERNANDEZ, 36, a citizen of Honduras, is charged in three counts in a separate Superseding Indictment: (1) conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, (2) using and carrying machineguns and destructive devices during, and possessing machineguns and destructive devices in furtherance of, the cocaine importation conspiracy, and (3) conspiring to use and carry machineguns and destructive devices during, and to possess machineguns and destructive devices in furtherance of, the cocaine importation conspiracy. “ – press statement by NY District Attorney’s Office.
*** The right hand man of Tony Hernandez although no known family relation (despite the last name). Calix Hernandez is a "co-defendant and co-conspirator of Tony Hernandez" according to US prosecutors
*** Former vice mayor of Gracias, Lempira (JOH's home town)
Mario José Calix Hernandez is not only Tony Hernandez’s middle-man but he is also, just like Tony Hernandez, a man connected to powerful individuals in the Honduran government. Just examining Calix Hernandez’s family relationships with people in power in Honduras, one really gets the sense of the US and Canadian-backed narco-mafia state that Honduras has become …. in case you had any doubts.
Who are Mario Jose Calix Hernandez’s family members?
A. Lourdes Alejandra Hernández Quan
** Niece of Iris Hernández Cruz, the mother of Mario Calix Hernandez
** Vice-Minister of Security
B. Patricia Calix Hernandez
** Sister of Mario Calix Hernandez
** Spouse of Feryd Bascha Sahury (see below)
C. Feryd Bascha Sahury
** Spouse of Patricia Calix Hernandez, sister of Mario Calix Hernandez
** Vice-Minister of the Presidential palace, Sub-secretary of Integration and Human Development, formerly the Executive Director of the National Youth Institute
** Was a candidate for deputy Congressman in 2012 for Fernando Lobo, cousin of Fabio Lobo, who is in prison in NY for drug charges.
** Feryd Bascha is also currently accused of fraud involved in a scheme to illegally transfer property titles in the National Property Institute in the names of other people.
D. Soraya Calix
** First cousin of Mario Calix Hernandez
** Director of the Office for the Fight Against Drug Trafficking in the Attorney General’s office
E. Mario Leonel Calix Hernandez (known as "Charamila")
** Brother of Mario Calix
** Business associate of Ana Garcia de Hernandez, JOH's spouse through a television company based in Gracias, Lempira.
** President of the Chamber of Tourism in Gracias, Lempira (JOH's home town)
F. Jacobo Antonio Calix Hernandez
** Brother of Mario Calix
** Former Magistrate in the Criminal court in the Supreme Court.
** Part of the Supreme Court that ordered President Manuel Zelaya's ouster and arrest during the 2009 coup d'état
** Publicly accused in 2016 of emitting a ruling that favored judges known and accused by the Ministerio Publico of protecting drug traffickers
G. Erika Yolanda Calix Hernandez
** Sister of Mario Calix
** Former criminal court judge in department of Lempira, accused of abuse of authority for freeing two Colombian drug traffickers arrested when Honduran authorities raided a drug laboratory in La Iguala, Lempira. Both Colombians were defended by Tony Hernandez's legal firm.
H. Jacobo Hernandez Calix
** Uncle of Mario Calix
** Ex-President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE)
** Former Presidential advisor under the administration of President Rafael Callejas, who pleaded guilty for racketeering and wire fraud conspiracy charges in the US linked to the FIFA scandals. Callejas is waiting to be sentenced in the US.