Police arrest former presidential candidate at her home
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan police arrested former presidential candidate Sandra Torres at her home on Monday, on charges the attorney general’s office said included suspicion of violating campaign finance rules.
Torres, 63, lost a runoff election to President-elect Alejandro Giammattei last month, her third attempt at the top job.
She was bustled by several men in police uniforms from her house a few miles (kilometers) outside the capital, Guatemala City, her face mostly covered by a headscarf and large dark glasses.
“She is charged with the crimes of failing to register election financing, and unlawful association,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. The office said the warrant against Torres was issued on Friday.
Torres has long fought corruption accusations, including a case by a U.N-backed anti-graft body.
A former first lady, she has been one of Guatemala’s most prominent political figures for more than a decade, and the party she leads holds the largest number of seats in Congress.