Yani Rosenthal: ‘Not only do I not have a visa, but I can never enter the US again’

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS.- The presidential candidate for the Liberal Party of Honduras, Yani Rosenthal, He confessed that he will not be able to re-enter the United States.

In conversation with the capital radio station Radio América, he also revealed the reasons that made him seek the presidency of the Republic again.

“Not only do I not have a visa, but I can never enter the United States again. When they deported me, at the end of my sentence, they gave me an order and told me that I can never enter the United States, that I am ineligible to enter, ”he began counting.

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During the interview he recalled everything he suffered during the three years in prison after being convicted of the Manhattan Federal Court to plead guilty to the money laundering charges.

“In prison you are very cold, lonely and hungry. I learned what it feels like to suffer, to sleep on an empty stomach, things that happen every day in Honduras and that is part of what has motivated me to be a candidate, to be president to change that, “he said.

He also assured that “every person changes when they have a long prison sentence, and in that time I learned many things, I got very close to God, I always pray to God and ask him to give me wisdom to make decisions.”

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Finally, the Honduran businessman accepted that he made a mistake, but that he does not feel stained or ashamed. “I don’t feel sorry, I don’t try to hide my past, I made a mistake and paid for it.”

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Back to the country

Honduran businessman Yani Rosenthal Hidalgo returned to the country on Friday, August 7, after serving a three-year sentence in a jail in Miami, United States.

The businessman arrived at the Ramón Villeda Morales airport in San Pedro Sula on a private flight. Once he set foot in the air terminal, he was received by a crowd of liberals, who despite the restrictions caused by the covid-19 came to welcome him.

Pleaded guilty

On July 26, 2017, Yani Rosenthal pleaded guilty in a Southern District Court of New York, United States.

According to the ruling, the Honduran had to pay $ 500,000 as compensation to the United States government for the cost of the trial in the Federal Court of the Southern District of New York.

Also, pay 2.5 million dollars, about 57 million lempiras, for the fine established by the judges.

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The prosecution explained that Rosenthal’s money laundering conduct involved a trade-based scheme in which Los Cachiros used a front company to buy cattle with drug proceeds at auctions in Honduras.


Yani Rosenthal Hidalgo was born in San Pedro Sula on July 16, 1965. His parents are the banker and politician Jaime Rosenthal Oliva and Miriam Marina Hidalgo de Rosenthal.

Rosenthal studied high school at the Sampedrana International bilingual school.

He is a lawyer graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and has a master’s degree in business administration, obtained from the Central American Institute of Business Administration (Incae).

In 1998, the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras granted him the title of notary public.

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