Former first lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena Bonilla, was convicted of embezzlement by a court in Tegucigalpa on Tuesday.

The woman was reportedly found guilty of embezzling about $779,000 (€702,090) of public funds' money as well as of taking money from international donations aimed at supporting social programs.

Bonilla, according to the court, used the embezzled money for her own purposes such as paying for her kids' private education and jewellery purchase.

Bonilla's husband, former President Porfirio Lobo Sosa said that his wife was innocent adding that the accusations against her were false.

The sentence will be announced next week. The former first lady might face between 58 years and 87 years in prison.

Bonilla's defence team is expected to appeal the verdict.

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