Journalist José Rubén Zamora granted freedom, but will continue serving time for separate case

This Wednesday, the presiding judge of the Ninth Sentencing Court, Vernica Ruiz, granted house arrest to journalist José Rubén Zamora after he paid a bail of 30,000 quetzales (3,750 euros). The judge determined that there was no danger of escape or obstruction to the investigation. However, despite this ruling, Zamora will remain in the Mariscal Zavala military prison for another judicial case where he is accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice and use of falsified documents.

In October of last year, the Second Court of Appeals annulled a previous sentence that sentenced Zamora to six years in prison for money laundering. The court ordered a retrial against the journalist for alleged actions related to money laundering to which he had allegedly been involved. Despite this setback, Zamora has continued his work as an investigative journalist and has faced numerous legal challenges over the years due to his exposures of corruption and human rights abuses in Guatemala. He has been a vocal advocate for transparency and accountability in Guatemala and his work has been recognized with awards for his dedication to revealing corruption.

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