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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2019. 3:18 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Guatemalan Supreme Court has ruled that presidential candidate and former First Lady Sandra Torres Casanova, will keep her legal immunity in spite of prosecutors’ allegations of possible illegal campaign finance violations in 2015.

The court made the decision last  Wednesday, saying that there wasn’t enough evidence against Torres to warrant court action against her. In February, prosecutors said that they conducted a joint investigation along with the  United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission
and found that Torres had received some $2.5 million in contributions while she was the head of the National Unity of Hope Party, and did not declare those contributions to electoral authorities.

She stands accused of several crimes including, illicit association, perjury, illicit and unreported electoral financing, and tax fraud.

Torres made the news in Belize in 2010, when she declared that she would be running for President in the 2011 elections. Torres is the sister of former Chief Executive Officer of the Social Security Board Narda Garcia. Torres also spent a portion of her childhood in Belize,
attending both Sacred Heart Primary and High Schools in the Cayo District.  

 

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