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Guatemala orders arrest of attorneys for imprisoned journalist Lalrp

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GUATEMALA CITY — A Guatemalan choose on Thursday ordered the arrest of three attorneys defending jailed journalist José Rubén Zamora.

The announcement by prosecutors was the most recent in a case that has drawn considerations about press freedom in Guatemala.

Zamora is the director of El Periódico, a newspaper that has printed crucial articles about alleged corruption below President Alejandro Giammattei.

The award-winning editor was arrested 9 months in the past on expenses of blackmail and cash laundering.

Prosecutors mentioned the choose issued arrest warrants for Zamora’s protection attorneys, together with lawyer Juan Francisco Solórzano Foppa, an opposition activist. Foppa mentioned he was arrested whereas touring to the court docket to show himself in.

The attorneys are accused of taking part within the alleged cash laundering by negotiating a gross sales contract for an paintings to cowl up cash given to Zamora.

Press freedom teams have mentioned the prosecution of Zamora is politically motivated. His protection has maintained he obtained a $38,000 donation to maintain the paper afloat and requested a good friend to deposit it in a financial institution as a result of the donor didn’t wish to be recognized.

In February, a choose ordered an investigation of 9 journalists from El Periódico to find out whether or not they have been maliciously pursuing prosecutors, judges and different members of Guatemala’s justice system, thereby opening themselves as much as prison expenses.

Prime prosecutor Cinthia Monterroso has argued that El Periódico printed crucial tales about complaints, disciplinary processes and selections by justice officers, including herself. She has mentioned the individuals who ordered such tales — and the sources of their financing — have to be investigated.