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Public Outcry Forces Guatemala Congress to Backtrack on 'Impunity Pact'

Public Outcry Forces Guatemala Congress to Backtrack on 'Impunity Pact'

Guatemala's congress is backtracking on an attempt to weaken anti-corruption efforts following massive public outcry and a rapid response by the country's highest court, indicating that while international pressure has not seemed to deter corrupt political elites from attempting to shield themselves, widespread domestic outrage might.

Brazil President Faces New Criminal Charges Related to Graft Scheme

Brazil President Faces New Criminal Charges Related to Graft Scheme

The first sitting president in the history of Brazil to face criminal charges has been indicted once again, this time for allegedly obstructing justice and leading a criminal organization. Congress blocked the first set of charges from advancing. Will it protect the president a second time?

#BlackWednesday: Guatemala Takes Another Step to Institutionalize Corruption

#BlackWednesday: Guatemala Takes Another Step to Institutionalize Corruption

Guatemala's congress took another bold step towards institutionalizing corruption on September 13, by reforming a law to protect politicians and their party functionaries from prosecution and penalties in cases of illicit financing of political campaigns.

Brazil Police Map Corruption 'Gang,' Arrows Point to President Temer

Brazil Police Map Corruption 'Gang,' Arrows Point to President Temer

Brazil's federal police have created a diagram to illustrate their conception of the leadership structure of a "gang" of politicians accused of involvement in a massive graft scheme. And they put the country's president at the center of the alleged criminal organization.

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, CentAm Continues Anti-Gang Focus

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, CentAm Continues Anti-Gang Focus

Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount such large-scale efforts against gangs has not been matched by an equivalent committment to tackle recent allegations of serious official corruption.

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime investigates the backroom players who are pulling strings in favor of these elites.