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Guatemala ex-President Colom freed on bail amid graft probe

August 4, 2018

FILE - In this March 1, 2018 file photo, former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom touches the chain of the handcuff on his left wrist, as he waits to hear the court ruling, in Guatemala City. Colom has been freed on bail on Saturday, Aug. 4, after spending nearly six months in jail under investigation for alleged corruption. (AP Photo/Luis Soto, File)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan ex-President Alvaro Colom has been freed on bail after spending nearly six months in jail under investigation for alleged corruption.

Colom was granted conditional release after paying $133,000. The terms of his release stipulate that he may not leave the department of Guatemala, which includes the capital city.

Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval said Saturday that his office plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

The 67-year-old Colom was president from 2008 to 2012. He was arrested Feb. 13 along with nine former Cabinet ministers in a case involving possible embezzlement and fraud related to public transportation concessions.

Colom has denied wrongdoing.

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