GUATEMALA CITY — The president of a Guatemalan investigative newspaper went on trial Tuesday on cash laundering expenses in a case media observers have criticized as politically motivated.
José Rubén Zamora, 66, arriving on the courtroom in handcuffs, instructed reporters he was a “political prisoner” and anticipated to be convicted as a result of he had no confidence within the courtroom.
Zamora, chief of El Periodico newspaper, is an award winner whose work has been acknowledged internationally.
Zamora has been held in jail since his arrest final 12 months. Prosecutors accuse him of cash laundering associated to a deposit of about $30,000 he requested another person to make for him. The cash was a donation to maintain the newspaper working, however the donor wished to stay nameless, Zamora has mentioned.
El Periodico was recognized for aggressive reporting on authorities corruption. It was compelled to cease publishing its print version and went utterly on-line.
The U.S. authorities has sharply criticized the weakening of anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala beneath President Alejandro Giammattei. U.S. authorities cancelled the visa of the nation’s final prime prosecutor after various anti-corruption officers fled the nation beneath risk of prosecution.