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How Ríos Montt Won the War in Guatemala

Former Guatemala dictator and legislator Efraín Ríos Montt is dead, but he left behind a blueprint for how to undermine democracy and create powerful, lasting...
Former Guatemala President Álvaro Arzú
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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...
Former Guatemala Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla
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Weekly InSight: Mauricio López Bonilla, From Guatemala’s Top Cop to US Most Wanted

In our June 29 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed the case of former Guatemala Interior...
This week's Facebook Live stream tackled prisons
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Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Prison Dilemma

In our June 1 Facebook Live, co-directors Steven Dudley and Jeremy McDermott spoke about InSight Crime’s special investigation of prisons and their often...
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Reign of the Kaibil: Guatemala’s Prisons Under Byron Lima

Following Guatemala's long and brutal civil war, members of the military were charged, faced trial and sentenced to jail time. Even some members of a powerful elite...
Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti, and former President Otto Pérez Molina
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Guatemala Ex-President and VP Still Wield Power From Jail: Report

A recent report has suggested that Guatemala's incarcerated former president and vice president continue to wield power from behind bars over a year after their...
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Guatemala’s Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla -- a decorated war hero and a longtime US ally -- finds himself treading water amidst a flurry of...
Jorge López Jiménez, c/o elPeriódico
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Guatemala President Fires Security Service Chiefs Accused of Spying

The president of Guatemala has fired the two highest-ranking officials in the executive's security service after they were accused of illegal surveillance,...
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Reactions, Clarifications, Corrections: Elites, Organized Crime and the CICIG

(*This story was updated September 9.) InSight Crime has received numerous letters following the September 1 publication of its investigation "Elites and Organized...
A crime scene crowded with conspiracy theories. c/o elPeriodico
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The Murder of Guatemala’s Prison ‘King’ Byron Lima: A ‘Self-Coup d’etat’? (Part III)

Shortly after Otto Pérez Molina was elected president of Guatemala, Byron Lima Oliva, the once-decorated former army captain, jailed for the murder of a bishop,...
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The Byron Lima Murder in Guatemala: A ‘Crime of the State’? (Part II)

On July 18, the day former Army Capt. Byron Lima -- Guatemala’s one-time “king” of the prison system -- was killed in an apparent squabble with another powerful...
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Who Killed Guatemala’s Prison ‘King’ Byron Lima? (Part I)

In what will undoubtedly be the first of many official versions regarding the July 18 murder of Guatemala’s most famous prisoner, Byron Lima, the government’s...