Guatemala Supreme Court will not probe president’s salary bonus
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.