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The Guatemalan judiciary grants house arrest to former presidential candidate Sandra Torres

June 13, 2020

A Guatemalan judge has allowed former presidential candidate Sandra Torres to go out of jail and go to house arrest while waiting for a possible trial for illegal association and irregular election funding to begin.

The authorities are investigating whether Torres concealed a total of 5.9 million quetzals (approximately € 683,400) that his party Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) received in the 2015 election campaign. The former first lady also aspired to the presidency of Guatemala in 2019.

She was detained in early September, less than three months after the last election, and has been in custody since then. The court with the highest risk E examined the maintenance of this measure on Wednesday and, contrary to the criteria of the special prosecutor’s office against impunity (Feci), found that a house arrest is possible in this case.

The Guatemalan judiciary grants house arrest to former presidential candidate Sandra TorresThe Guatemalan judiciary grants house arrest to former presidential candidate Sandra Torres

The judge set as a condition the payment of a security deposit of 800,000 quetzals (more than 93,000 euros) and the impossibility of leaving the Guatemala department, in which the capital of the Central American country is located. The decision was received with applause from relatives and supporters of Torres inside and outside the room, according to the newspaper ‘Prensa Libre’.

“I thank him and he trusted God and I trust justice. I owe nothing to anyone,” Torres said at a press conference.