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Brazil Cuts Anti-Graft Unit Funding as Bribe Scandal Hits President

Brazil Cuts Anti-Graft Unit Funding as Bribe Scandal Hits President

The government of Brazil has reduced funding for a police task force investigating a massive corruption scandal that recently implicated the country's president, highlighting ongoing efforts by Brazilian elites to derail wide-ranging anti-graft operations.

Bribe Scandal Implicating Brazil President Spotlights Deep-Seated Corruption

Bribe Scandal Implicating Brazil President Spotlights Deep-Seated Corruption

Brazil's President Michel Temer allegedly encouraged a businessman to pay hush money to a jailed associate, a remarkable illustration of how deeply-ingrained corruption is in Brazil's political system.

Mexico Ex-Governor's Extradition Overshadows Other Important Cases

Mexico Ex-Governor's Extradition Overshadows Other Important Cases

The extradition to the United States of Tomás Yarrington, a former Mexico governor whose name has become synonymous with corruption and narco politics, could now be imminent. But other recent corruption cases involving powerful, though less high-profile, elites could send bigger shockwaves through Mexico's institutions and criminal networks.

'La Patrona' Escape from Guatemala Prison Spotlights Institutional Corruption

'La Patrona' Escape from Guatemala Prison Spotlights Institutional Corruption

A former mayoral candidate turned criminal leader in Guatemala has escaped from one of the country's detention centers, further illustrating how corrupt institutions undermine the pursuit of justice and rule of law.

Former Guatemala Interior Minister Accused of Embezzling Police Funds

Former Guatemala Interior Minister Accused of Embezzling Police Funds

Guatemala's former Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla is facing yet another set of legal charges related to his time in office and for allegedly heading a network that falsified government acquisitions to embezzle police funds.

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