Fifteenth Criminal Court Leslie Loaiza has released Pablo Andrés Ruiz Obregón, who is charged with selling backpacks to the state at inflated prices, from preventative detention and instead has ordered him not to leave the country.
Ruiz Obregón was also ordered to report to authorites twice a month.
He will remain in custody pending an appeal of the decision by Prosecutor Vielka Broce.
Judge Loaiza took into account that the defendant voluntarily attended interviews with prosecutors and cooperated with the investigation. The judge also determined that there is no concerns about destroying evidence.
Ruiz Obregón allegedly sold backpacks at inflated prices to the Ministry of Education through the National Aid Program (PAN) through his company, Hialing Corporation. Also charged in the case is Poulett Morales, former Minister of Education Lucy Molinar and Rafael Guardia Jaén, a former PAN director.