Chimirri Receives 4 Years

The former manager of the Honduran Telecommunications Company, Hondutel received a sentence of four years’ imprisonment.

Marcelo Antonio Chimirri Castro was found “responsible for the crime of abuse of authority against the public administration and will serve a sentence of four years (4) imprisonment,” reads the decision by judges Julissa Aguilar, Rosaminda Velasquez and Jocelyn Donaire.

Chimirri was not ordered to pay any money for the damage he caused to the finances of Hondutel; however, the judges decided yesterday that while Chimirri is in prison, he will have to perform public service labor within the institution. This ensures that Chimirri will no longer remain locked in his cell, but will be forced to interact with other inmates.

In most instances, a four year sentence can be avoided by paying ten lempiras for each day of the sentence. In the case of Chimirri, however, the courts did not allow him this benefit because he is wanted in another case, and therefore must comply with the sentence.

When leaving the Supreme Court of Justice, Chimirri, announced that he has been threatened with death by the prison authorities. “I was threatened with death by the head of the National Penitentiary. He told me I was not going to live there,” he called out.

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