José Rubén Zamora |  Guatemala: Journalist is granted house arrest, although he will remain in prison |  Alejandro Giammattei |  Veronica Ruiz |  Miguel Martínez |  Rafael Curruchiche |  The Newspaper |  Latest |  WORLD

This Wednesday, a Guatemalan court granted a measure of house arrest to the prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquínimprisoned since 2022 after launching strong criticism of the Government he presided over for corruption at that time Alejandro Giammattei (2020-2024).

The journalist, however, will remain in prison because he faces two other judicial proceedings for alleged obstruction of Justice by the Public ministry (Prosecutor’s Office), whose leadership is sanctioned by USA.

The decision was made by Ninth Sentencing Court of the Judicial Branch Guatemalan, presided over by Judge Veronica Ruiz who endorsed the measure in favor of Zamora Marroquín based on provisions and case history of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) and local regulations.

Ruiz expressed that “no risk of leak” nor of the intervention of Zamora Marroquín in the case that he has faced for alleged money laundering since 2022, when he was arrested by the authorities just five days after launching strong criticism of Giammattei and his romantic partner, Miguel Martinez.

The journalist put it like “ensures” of his stay in the country to the former human rights attorney Jorge de León Duque who was present at the hearing where the prison sentence imposed on Zamora Marroquín was reviewed.

Precisely on Tuesday, the communicator was awarded the Recognition of Excellence of the Gabo 2024 Award, as a distinction for his long and courageous career dedicated to unraveling corruption in Guatemalaaccording to the Gabo Foundation (formerly known as the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism).

I receive it on behalf of colleagues in the region such as Carlos Fernando Chamorro from Nicaragua, from the people of El Confidencial, who are in exile, or as The lighthouseof The Saviorwho are under persecution“, the journalist told EFE this Wednesday.

It is a recognition for the region and for Guatemala. This puts us on the map and in some way is an encouragement for everyone“added Zamora Marroquín, prior to the judicial process.

This Wednesday’s hearing was held without the presence of the Public ministry (Prosecutor’s Office), who tried to challenge the three judges who make up the court, as pointed out by the prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche to media.

In prison since 2022

Regarding Zamora Marroquín there are at least three different judicial processes ordered by the Public Ministry, including the one at the hearing this Wednesday, for money launderingin a case where the journalist was sentenced to six years in prison in 2023 and later acquitted due to irregularities in the trial.

The 67-year-old communicator founded and chaired the morning newspaper The newspaper from 1996 to 2023, with more than a thousand reports of government corruption documented in its pages, including the scandals that led to the fall of the former president’s government Otto Perez Molina (2012-2015).

The journalist pointed out Giammattei and Martínez in an opinion column in 2022 about strong embezzlements from the State and classified them in his medium as “The ogre and the little blue prince who wanted it all.” Five days later, he was arrested by the Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office), whose leadership is sanctioned by the United States.

The judicial processes against Zamora Marroquín have been marked by various irregularities, since the journalist was not allowed to implement evidence in his favor and had to change lawyers on more than six occasions since the majority of his legal representatives were also prosecuted for the Public Ministry.

For the moment, pending similar alternative measures in the other cases he faces, Zamora Marroquín will remain in prison at the Mariscal Zavala military barracks, in Guatemala citywhere, as he has said, he was a victim of torture during the Giammattei Government.

By Editor

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