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US Sanctions Loom as Battle Over Guatemala Anti-Graft Efforts Continues

US Sanctions Loom as Battle Over Guatemala Anti-Graft Efforts Continues

Members of the US Congress have called for sanctions to be implemented against individuals involved in acts of corruption in Guatemala, where a long-running battle over the country's anti-graft efforts continues to play out.

Weekly InSight: Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’ - The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

Weekly InSight: Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’ - The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

In our October 11 Facebook Live session, co-director Steven Dudley and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new investigation of the complicated criminal ties of the mayor of Ipala, Guatemala -- Esduin Javier Javier, also known as "Tres Kiebres."

Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas, highlighting the criminal control and corruption that are pervasive in the penal system.

Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’: The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’: The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

The atmosphere was light, almost jovial, as Ipala's Mayor Esduin Javier turned to the next item on the agenda. The issue was what the people at the municipality's monthly town hall called a "Boulevard." Boulevard was perhaps a strong word for most places, but in this town of 20,000, the 12-meter wide street with a natural barrier complete with palm trees more than qualified.

Guatemala's CICIG Takes on Third President with New Corruption Allegations

Guatemala's CICIG Takes on Third President with New Corruption Allegations

Guatemala's anti-impunity body the CICIG has made dramatic new allegations in the case of the so-called "king" of Guatemala's prison system, implicating one of the most powerful politicians in the country and revealing the depths to which corruption has penetrated Guatemalan society.

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.