September 3, 2019 / 3:07 AM / 19 days ago

Detained former Guatemalan presidential candidate to remain in custody

Sandra Torres, former first lady and presidential candidate of the National Unity of Hope (UNE) political party, attends a hearing in Guatemala City, Guatemala September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan judge said that former presidential candidate Sandra Torres, who was detained at her home on Monday on charges of violating campaign finance rules, will be placed in custody to await trial.

Torres was arrested just hours before the departure of a U.N. anti-corruption commission whose investigations over 12 years shook the political class.

A former first lady, the 63-year-old Torres finished second to President-elect Alejandro Giammattei last month in her third attempt to win the office.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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