A search at the Mariscal Zavala barracks prison in Zone 17 of the capital allowed the location of a cell phone in the cell where the former candidate for the presidency of the republic for the extinct Lidar party is being held in preventive detention. Manuel Baldizzon, who was transferred to the Tower of Courts.
Baldizon, who is being prosecuted in the Odebrecht case and the Transurbano case and was deported from the US on 5 October after pleading guilty to money laundering, He was accused of using mobile terminals in a prison, But a court on duty benefited him with a lack of merit.
first deposition hearing The former presidential candidate was tried behind closed doors in a court of duty, Despite the fact that the process was not under reservation.
Baldizón refused to provide information and He said that his lawyer has the right to do so.
while, Saul Zanteño, Baldizzone’s defense attorney, He explained that it was determined in court that there was no indication that his client had carried out the tasks he was charged with, which led to the declaration of lack of competency.
He was transferred late at night to the Torre de Tribunal as a result of a search in the area in which he was deprived of liberty and which indicated that a cell phone had been found at that location, among other things; however, The hearing ruled a lack of merit, meaning he was not added to the new offense process.
He said the law talks about carrying or using an electronic device, “Neither anyone else was patronizing me.” He also said that the leader was not present during the search.
Further, he stated that the judge in charge certified the conduct against correctional officer Before the possibility of a case of abuse of authority.
The former presidential candidate was deported by the United States on October 5, 2022, After being convicted of money laundering, in a case in which he pleaded guilty, despite the fact that that country’s prosecutor’s office linked the money to drug trafficking.
Now, Baldizón faces corruption charges in Guatemala, for two cases in which he millions of quetzals must have gone through bribery.
Baldizon had an outstanding arrest warrant for money laundering in a corruption scheme involving the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, for allegedly profiting from US$1.2 million in illegal means.
Furthermore, Baldizón is accused of illegally financing his 2015 electoral campaign, With US$10 million that would have been diverted from a state transport company.
Baldizón arrived on the Guatemalan Air Force runway on a flight of deportees from Arizona to the United States. He was accompanied by another 130 people, but unlike the others, a strong contingent of police and prosecutors awaited the politician, who enforced the two arrest warrants he had in the country.
Baldizón turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at McRae Correctional Prison in Georgia, United States. He was released on June 7, 18 months before further sentencing on September 1, 2020. In all, he served 21 months in prison.