Puerto Rico mayor accused of bribery denied bail

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Posted: Feb 25, 2012 8:54 AM
Puerto Rico mayor accused of bribery denied bail

A longtime Puerto Rico mayor accused of bribery will remain in jail until his preliminary hearing.

A federal judge denied Sol Luis Fontanes bail after prosecutors said he had threatened witnesses involved in the case and warned he would commit suicide. He is accused of accepting $55,000 in bribes from contractors seeking to obtain work and sell property.

Fontanes was arrested Feb. 16 and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. He had been mayor of the coastal city of Barceloneta for nearly 24 years and was running for re-election this year.

The ruling was issued late Friday.