CSJ President to Hear INPREMA Case

Honduras NewsThe full Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) unanimously nominated its president, Jorge Rivera Aviles, to hear the alleged corruption case against the former board of the National Institute for Teachers (INPREMA).

Rivera Aviles will evaluate the indictment filed by the prosecution against former Education Minister, Alejandro Ventura, and former director of INPREMA, Arnaldo Pedro Pinto. Twelve other former officials are being charged for alleged crimes abuse of authority, embezzlement of public funds, and fraud against the government.

The former education minister was accused by the prosecution of the offense of abuse of authority, along with Óscar René Recarte, Milton Daniel Bardales Cano, Darío Roberto Cardona Valle, Jorge Armando Lanza Bueso, and Lorenzo Sauceda Cálix. Additionally, Marco Antonio Vallecillo, Saturnino Sánchez, Gustavo Adolfo Fonseca, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Ángel Moisés Perdomo Laínez, Mario Alberto Batres and Óscar Nahúm Rubí were charged with misappropriation of public funds.

The accused allegedly participated in the approval of an irregular housing project, Residencial La Cañada, without legal approval and corresponding financial support. The initial budget for the project was 16 million lempiras, but approximately 25 million lempiras were spent.

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