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Jail for Guatemala ex-candidate Torres in alleged graft case

October 16, 2019
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, former first lady and former presidential candidate Sandra Torres is escorted by police to the Supreme Court in Guatemala City. A court in Guatemala ordered on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that Torres remain behind bars for two months while an investigation into purported illicit campaign financing plays out. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, former first lady and former presidential candidate Sandra Torres is escorted by police to the Supreme Court in Guatemala City. A court in Guatemala ordered on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that Torres remain behind bars for two months while an investigation into purported illicit campaign financing plays out. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros, File)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A court on Wednesday ordered former presidential candidate and first lady Sandra Torres to remain behind bars for two months while an investigation into purported illicit campaign financing plays out.

The judge ruled that Torres be subject to preventive prison for the alleged crimes of illicit association and unregistered electoral financing related to her National Unity Party during the 2015 elections.

More recently, Torres was runner-up this year to now-President Elect Alejandro Giammattei.

When she was arrested Sept. 2, Torres said she was the victim of a political vendetta.

Prosecutors allege illegal campaign contributions may have reached $3 million and were channeled through bank accounts of several businesses linked to other corruption cases.