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Honduran ex-first lady gets 58 years jail

Honduras' former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for misappropriating funds earmarked for social programs.

She is the wife of Porfirio Lobo, who held the presidency from 2010 to 2014.

Prosecutors said Bonilla misappropriated about $US500,000 from her office's social programs fund - diverting the money to her personal account six days before the end of her husband's presidency.

The 52-year-old has been under arrest since February 2018. Her lawyers said they would appeal the sentence, which was announced by the country's judicial branch on Wednesday.

The investigation was backed by an anti-corruption mission, MACCIH, within the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Bonilla's former personal assistant Saul Escobar was sentenced to 48 years. In practice, however, Honduran law limits prison time to 30 years.

Lobo on Wednesday accused OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and Honduras' current President Juan Orlando Hernandez of having "lynched" his wife in an attempt to cover up "acts of mega-corruption" by Hernandez.

A US court filing has alleged that Hernandez received money from drug traffickers for his 2013 election campaign, an allegation he has denied.

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