Ex-First Lady Of Honduras, Rosa Bonilla Sentence To 14 Years In Prison For Fraud

Rosa Bonilla, the former first lady of Honduras on Wednesday, September 21st, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a court in the country over fraud

Rosa Bonilla was charged with fraud and misappropriation of funds that was meant for social programmes.

It was stated that Rosa Bonilla, wife of former President Porfirio Lobo, spent some 12.2 million lempiras (then worth around $590,000) meant for low-income children on personal credit card payments on her children’s school fees and real estate construction.

Her lawyer, Juan Berganza, said he would appeal the sentence, as Bonilla will be allowed to appeal the sentence within 20 days.

Bonilla’s private secretary Saúl Escobar was also sentenced on Wednesday to seven years and three months in prison for fraud

This is the second time Bonilla had been sentenced.

Bonilla had previously been sentenced to 58 years in prison in an earlier trial, which Honduras’ Supreme Court annulled in early 2020, arguing it was full of inconsistencies.

The Supreme Court ordered a re-trial by a lower court, which found Bonilla guilty in March of this year.

 

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