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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...
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Tracing the Evolution of Military-Criminal Networks in Guatemala, El Salvador

Recent legal actions against former military officials in El Salvador and Guatemala illustrate how the shadowy military networks currently operating in these...
Political conflict in Venezuela will distract attention from organized crime in 2016
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Organized Crime in the Americas: What to Expect in 2016

At the end of each year, InSight Crime gazes into the crystal ball and seeks to make predictions on where organized crime is going to find particularly fertile...
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Guatemala Votes for Military-backed Candidate

(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Presidential Candidate Sandra Torres was a member of the guerrillas during the country's...
Ex President Perez Molina walking into court
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After Guatemala President’s Fall, Reconfiguration or Status Quo for Military Criminal Networks?

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina's late-night resignation could upend deeply entrenched military criminal networks or -- as has been Guatemalan tradition --...
Alfredo Moreno Molina (center)
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Tracing the Military Fingerprints on Guatemala’s Customs Scandal

An investigation into the customs fraud network known as "La Linea" has implicated Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and led to the arrest of former Vice...
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Guatemala ex-VP Arrested, President Implicated in Scandal

Guatemala's top prosecutors say that President Otto Perez Molina was involved in a massive customs fraud scandal, the same day that former Vice President Roxana...
Roxana Baldetti and President Otto Perez Molina
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How the Scandal that Rocked Guatemala Threatens the Presidency

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti have come under intense scrutiny for their potential links to one of the country's biggest...
Vigilantes in Guatemala have been linked to extrajudicial killings
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Extrajudicial Killings on the Rise in Guatemala

Extrajudicial killings in Guatemala increased by over 50 percent during President Otto Perez's first year in office, according to a new report, illustrating an...
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‘Iron Fist’ Candidate Perez Set to Win Guatemala Elections

Former General Otto Perez, who promises to take a hardline on crime, is set to win Guatemala's second-round presidential election on November 6, according to the...
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Guatemala Military Sanctions Officers over InSight ‘Zetas’ Video

Guatemala's Ministry of Defense has sanctioned two top level officials who appeared in a video with suspected drug traffickers, following the publication of the...