Gu­atemala Supreme Court will not probe pres­i­dent’s salary bonus

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GU­ATEMALA CITY, - Gu­atemala’s Supreme Court said yes­ter­day it would not in­ves­ti­gate the coun­try’s pres­i­dent for re­ceiv­ing a salary bonus that made him one of Latin Amer­ica’s best-paid lead­ers.

Pres­i­dent Jimmy Mo­rales re­ceived 50,000 quet­zals ($6,808) each month as a “Bonus for Ex­tra­or­di­nary Re­spon­si­bil­ity” from the De­fense Min­istry that was not part of the of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial salary, Gu­atemala’s fed­eral au­di­tor said last month.

With the bonus, which be­gan last De­cem­ber, Mo­rales’ monthly pay pack­age to­taled about 200,000 quet­zals ($27,233), ac­cord­ing to the de­fense min­is­ter. He later re­turned the bonus funds.

The court’s de­ci­sion pre­serves Mo­rales’ im­mu­nity against cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions. In a sep­a­rate case last month, Gu­atemala’s Con­gress voted to pro­tect the pres­i­dent from a po­ten­tial probe into al­leged il­le­gal cam­paign fi­nanc­ing.

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