Guatemala’s elites are a mix of businessmen, politicians and security forces who, as these case studies show, regularly interact with organized crime in order to maintain and expand their power base.
About this Project
Elites and Organized Crime is a multiyear project financed by the International Development Research Centre that investigates the dynamics between organized crime and elites in four countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.
The Honduran congress has passed a new criminal code which, among other controversial elements, lowers sentences for cases of corruption and drug trafficking. This move will only worsen impunity in a country whose foremost political figures have been linked to organized...