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‘Rio Treaty’ Nations to Cooperate on Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American… Read More

El Salvador launches anti-corruption commission, inspired by Guatemala

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Friday unveiled a new independent commission to tackle corruption, taking inspiration from a U.N.-backed body that toppled the previous president of neighboring Guatemala. Bukele, who took office in June, has vowed to stamp out corruption that has implicated former presidents and said he had created… Read More

Report: Guatemala ‘’Captured’’ by Corruption

Guatemala is ’’captured’’ by corruption, says a report the UN Commission compiled after a 12 years-long presence in the country that ends soon since President Jimmy Morales has refused to extend its mandate. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) published a report on Wednesday, claiming there was… Read More
13th August 2019
By Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings Guatemala’s next leader will be Alejandro Giammattei, a right-wing former national prison director. With 58% of votes, Giammettei beat former first lady Sandra Torres by 16 points in the second round of Guatemala’s election on Aug. 11. It was his… Read More
12th August 2019
Five years ago, everything changed in Latin America—or so it seemed. Investigations into a money-laundering operation in Brazil beginning in 2014 revealed a massive bribery scheme involving energy and construction companies. The “Car Wash” scandal saw dozens jailed and billions of dollars in fines—and implicated politicians in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and… Read More
25th July 2019
The mother of Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexican state oil company Pemex and a close confidant to ex-President Enrique Pena Nieto, has been arrested in Germany, Lozoya’s lawyer said on Wednesday. Lozoya and several of his family members have been accused of involvement in a wide-ranging bribery… Read More
25th June 2019
By Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings The two winners in Guatemala’s June 16 presidential vote – former first lady Sandra Torres and former prison director Alejandro Giammattei – will face off in a second round of voting in August. But already one election loser is clear:… Read More
17th June 2019
The mayor of Nueva Concepcion, a town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, stands accused by prosecutors of drug trafficking and money laundering for Mexican cartels that use the coastal route to transport cocaine to the United States. Yet Otoniel Lima, who rides around his poor municipality of 130,000 people… Read More
17th May 2019
AP — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption. The rejection of Thelma Aldana’s appeal means at… Read More
8th May 2019
Guatemalan prosecutors have launched an investigation into a presidential candidate, six lawmakers and a cabinet minister on suspicion of corruption, the U.N.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) said late on Monday. The Guatemalan attorney general’s office and the CICIG said in a joint statement the eight had overseen… Read More
26th October 2017
The United States has jailed the first individual involved in the FIFA bribery investigation, and stated that it will take strong action against those abusing its banks. Former Guatemalan judge and FIFA official Héctor Trujillo has been sentenced to eight months in the US for pocketing bribes and kickbacks. Read More
29th August 2017
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday showed signs of wavering on his decision to expel the head of a United Nations-backed anti-graft unit, who is investigating the leader’s campaign financing. Morales on Sunday declared Ivan Velasquez, head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, ‘persona non grata’ and ordered… Read More
2nd March 2017
He'd rather defend the people who launched the smear campaign against the commission's investigations. Read More