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US Congress Members Support CentAm Anti-Corruption Efforts

US Congress Members Support CentAm Anti-Corruption Efforts

Members of the US Congress have introduced a resolution supporting the anti-corruption efforts of several Central American governments, showing the legislative body's commitment to backing such initiatives even as they come under fire in the region.

Head of Guatemala’s CICIG Goes on Offensive Amid Smear Campaign

Head of Guatemala’s CICIG Goes on Offensive Amid Smear Campaign

The head of Guatemala's CICIG has responded to a smear campaign directed against him by saying that recently dismantled criminal networks are attempting to discredit the work of the highly-regarded international anti-impunity commission. 

Magistrate’s Arrest Signals Battle for Guatemala’s Judiciary

Magistrate’s Arrest Signals Battle for Guatemala’s Judiciary

The arrest of an influential Supreme Court magistrate from the country's elite indicates that the struggle for control over Guatemala's courts rages on, as an internationally-backed anti-impunity body moves against arguably the strongest remaining pillar of Guatemala's mafia state, the judiciary.

Drug Groups Suspected in Murders of Guatemala Mayors

Drug Groups Suspected in Murders of Guatemala Mayors

Five mayors in Guatemala have been attacked since the start of 2017 and two have been killed in a little over a week, raising fears that criminal groups vying for local power are behind the surge in political violence. 

Guatemala Arrests Former Top Interior, Police Officials for Corruption

Guatemala Arrests Former Top Interior, Police Officials for Corruption

Authorities in Guatemala have arrested a former vice-minister of the interior and police director on corruption charges, demonstrating how officials systematically used government contracts to rob the state during the tenure of former Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla. 

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made alliances with locals that permit them to launder their proceeds through agribusiness and public works contracts. They have also introduced a new way of operating. Beyond controlling the distribution chains and infrastructure needed to run the day-to-day operations, the Zetas are focused on controlling territory. In this they are the experts, creating a ruthless and intimidating force that is willing to take the fight to a new, often macabre level.