Guatemala prosecutors probe presidential candidate, lawmakers over graft
08 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 the approval and distribution of bribes worth $7.5 million for 62 deputies between 2012-2015 during the administration of former President Otto Perez.

Perez and his former vice president Roxana Baldetti are in prison and are being tried on various corruption charges. Both, who are members of the conservative Patriot Party, deny any wrongdoing.

According to the CICIG, bribes were distributed from Baldetti’s office to trusted Patriot Party deputies and were used to secure approval of certain laws and judicial appointments.

All eight people under investigation belonged to the Patriot Party in the last administration.

By Sofia Menchu, Reuters, 7 May 2019

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Photo: Eric Walter [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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