President's son, brother barred from leaving Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) " A judge in Guatemala has barred a son and brother of President Jimmy Morales from leaving the country due to an investigation into possible corruption.

The order applies to son Jose Manuel Morales Marroquin and brother Samuel Everardo Morales.

Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval told The Associated Press on Thursday that the measure seeks to ensure both are subject to the country's justice system.

On Tuesday, Morales said the two had made statements to prosecutors investigating alleged misappropriation of funds.

They are suspected of presenting false bills for reimbursement favoring the restaurant of one of the financial backers of the political party that carried Morales to office.

Morales Marroquin hasn't commented publicly. Everardo Morales has made brief declarations to local media saying the situation will be resolved.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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