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'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

Edgar Gutiérrez spoke with elPeriódico about how the relationship between organized crime and political power has evolved in Guatemala. Gutiérrez, who served as foreign chancellor during the administration of former President Alfonso Portillo, says Guatemala has reached a stage where politicians and organized crime mutually benefit from one other, making the fight against corruption that much more difficult. 

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability of the Central American country's justice system to successfully prosecute these powerful figures.

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.

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.