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Guatemala ex-president detained pending corruption investigation
Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina , labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an i (More)
Guatemala president resigns under corruption allegations
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina sent a letter [El Periodico materials, in Spanish] to both the Guatemalan congress and reporters early Thursday announcing his resignation and his intention to "stand before justice." The congress has called a (More)
Guatemala president stripped of immunity
Guatemala's congress on Monday stripped President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity by a unanimous vote of the 132 members who were present. This vote allows prosecutors to go after the president for corruption allegations. Pérez Molina and about 30 (More)
Guatemala Supreme Court approves criminal investigation of president
Guatemala's Supreme Court on Tuesday approved prosecutors' requests to impeach President Otto Perez Molina for corruption allegations, despite the president having immunity from prosecution. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials are a (More)
Guatemala president refuses to resign amid corruption allegations
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, despite accusations of corruption from the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and widespread protests in the nation cal (More)
Commission: Quarter of Guatemala political money comes from criminal groups
The UN International Commission Against Impunity reported that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that go (More)
Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks (More)
Former Guatemala president admits to taking bribes from Taiwan
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for con (More)
Guatemala ex-president pleads not guilty to money laundering charges
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. He is charged with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks duri (More)
Guatemala appeals court upholds acquittal of former president Portillo
An appeals court in Guatemala City announced Tuesday that it has upheld a lower court decision which acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of criminal charges that he had stolen over USD $15 million during his time as president. In 2011 the cr (More)