Honduran former first lady arrested on embezzlement allegations
March 1, 2018 By Staff
TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA
Honduran former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla, wife of ex-president Porfirio Lobo, was arrested in her home by military police yesterday, on embezzlement allegations. According to investigators for the National Anti-corruption Council, Bonilla, 48, deposited over half a million dollars of state funds into her own bank account in January 2014, at the end of her husband’s presidential term. Bonilla’s brother-in-law Mauricio Mora was also arrested under alleged corruption charges. Authorities did not mention if Lobo was present during the home search.
According to the Associated Press, corruption cases involving Honduran public officials rarely end in convictions. Bonilla’s arrest comes less than two weeks after the leader of the anti-corruption panel Juan Jiménez Mayor stepped down, citing that he had been abandoned by the OAS amid rising hostility from the Honduran government.
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