Honduras’ Former First Lady Convicted In Corruption Case

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Honduras’ main court convicted former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla on graft charges that included siphoning funds from programs which were designed to help poor children in the Central American nation.

The wife of former President Porfirio Lobo was found guilty of diverting almost $800,000 in public funds plus international donations that were earmarked for different social programs.

A Honduran judicial official told the newspaper that these funds were then used to pay for personal medical bills, jewelry, her children’s private school and building projects.

Court spokesman Carlos Silva pointed out that the conviction against the former first lady carries a sentence of between 58 years and 87 years, which will be set next week.

The case against the former first lady was pushed by the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, as well as local prosecutors.

Bonilla’s husband Porfirio Lobo was elected president of Honduras in the year 2009 after a military coup ousted then-President Manuel Zelaya. The administration of Lobo lasted from late 2009 until the year 2014.

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