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Honduras Buries Pandora Case Along With its Anti-Corruption Fight

A Honduras court has ended the prosecution of nearly two dozen people -- including government officials -- accused in the Pandora case, a vast corruption scheme...
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Uribe Arrest Portends More to Come from Colombia’s Justice System

The detention and investigation of former Colombia President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a powerhouse in Colombian politics long alleged to have ties to paramilitary...
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US Overlooked Rogue Drug War Officials in Mexico

Explosive accusations by US prosecutors that three former top Mexican security officials accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel serve as...
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Argentina Casino Shutdown Allowing Illegal Gambling Rings to Thrive

Authorities in Argentina have implicated local police and prosecutors in an illegal gambling and extortion ring linked to the infamous Los Monos crime group,...
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Venezuela Indigenous Communities at Risk From ELN Mining Incursions

Recent incursions by the ELN to set up illegal mining facilities along the Caura River in central Venezuela are being seen as a threat by local Indigenous...
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Colombia VP Drops Criminal Complaint Against InSight Crime

Colombia’s Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez has withdrawn a criminal complaint alleging InSight Crime Co-director Jeremy McDermott defamed her character in a...
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Colombia Vice President Threatens InSight Crime with Criminal Charges

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office has notified InSight Crime Co-director Jeremy McDermott of criminal proceedings brought against him by Vice President Marta...
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Guatemala Imposes Martial Law Under Pretext of Combating Organized Crime

The Guatemalan government has once again imposed martial law in a region pivotal to organized crime, but its reasons may have less to do with criminal activity than...
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Is Haiti’s G9 Gang Alliance a Ticking Time Bomb?

The architect of a new gang alliance in Haiti has quite a reputation for human rights...
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Guatemala’s New Anti-Corruption Body: a Mere Smokescreen?

The creation of a new anti-corruption office in Guatemala has raised questions about whether the body will have any teeth, with former prosecutors saying that it...
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Massively Overpriced Contracts Hamper Honduras’ Pandemic Response

An audit of a Honduran agency charged with procuring emergency medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has found tens of millions of dollars wasted -- an...
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New Revelations Confirm Impunity for Colorado Party Members in Paraguay

A list of assets belonging to officials in Paraguay has drawn attention to the wealth of a handful of high-profile politicians, who have...