The former first lady of Honduras Rosa Elena Bonilla, wife of former president Porfirio Lobo (2010-2014), was sentenced this Wednesday to 14 years, one month and 5 days in prison for corruption offenses, 6 months after she was found guilty in a retrial.
Bonilla was sentenced “unanimously” to 7 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison for continued fraud and 6 years, 2 months and 20 days for misappropriation as author, for a total of “14 years, one month and 5 days of imprisonment,” the spokesman for the Supreme Court of Justice, Carlos Silva, told reporters.
The former first lady must also pay a fine “for double the amount of the value of what was defrauded, which amounts to 13,812,848 lempiras (56,105 dollars), plus absolute disqualification for twice the time of the prison sentence,” says the decision of the Sentencing Court of Tegucigalpa.
The court also ordered Bonilla “the disqualification of subsidies, public aid, contracting with the public sector, enjoying benefits, tax incentives or social security for double the prison sentence.”
Bonilla was arrested on February 28, 2018 after an investigation by the Public Ministry coordinated with the former Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras. (MACCIH), which depended on the Organization of American States (OAS).
In July and August, the defense of the former first lady asked the court for the possibility of changing the detention in a prison for house arrest after Bonilla suffered a nervous breakdown that kept for more than a week in a private clinic after the murder of one of his sons.
His former private secretary Saúl Escobar was also sentenced this Wednesday to 7 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison for a crime of continued fraud as a co-author to the detriment of the Public Administration, said the Judiciary.
Escobar will have to pay a fine of $56,105 and was completely disqualified from holding a position or job in the public sector for twice the length of his prison sentence, the court said. (YO)