Guatemala presidential candidate targeted over financing

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2015 file photo, former first lady Sandra Torres, who's running for president with the National Unity of Hope party, shows her inked finger after voting during the presidential runoff election in Guatemala City. Guatemala’s attorney general’s office asked on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, that the immunity of Torrez, who is now an official presidential candidate and is therefore immune from prosecution, be lifted as she now stands accused of several electoral crimes during her 2015 presidential run. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros, File)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala are seeking to have presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova's immunity from prosecution withdrawn over a case of alleged illicit campaign financing.

Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval says the request springs from an investigation with a U.N.-sponsored anti-corruption commission that President Jimmy Morales has moved to sideline.

Sandoval says Torres' National Unity of Hope party is suspected of receiving financing from businesses that hid their contributions. He says prosecutors are looking into alleged crimes of illicit association, perjury, illicit and unreported electoral financing and tax fraud.

At a Wednesday news conference, Torres called it a political attack and denounced what she called "dark political intentions."

Torres was accredited as a candidate Tuesday, a status that confers legal immunity. It is her second time running for the presidency.

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