Moncada Luna slated to appear before tribunal

The suspended judge had claimed he could not appear yesterday due to health reasons. 

But an independent medical exam cast doubt on that claim.



Suspended Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna will appear before a National Assembly tribunal today after unsuccessfully trying to delay the appearance on medical grounds.

Moncada Luna was scheduled to appear yesterday, but presented a medical certificate claiming he was suffering from high blood pressure and other conditions related to stress and depression. However, subsequent inquiries brought the validity of the certificate into question, and independent medical exams did not reveal any problems, resulting in today's appearance.

At the hearing, the suspended judge will have to decide whether or not to accept a plea bargain on corruption charges that will result in a prison sentence of up to five years or go to trial before the full Assembly. He is facing charges of unjustified enrichment, corruption, fraud and money laundering. Under the plea agreement, he would be convicted of fraud and unjustified enrichment, while the other two charges would be dismissed.



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