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Head of Honduras Anti-Graft Body Resigns, Claims Lack of OAS Support

The head of an international anti-corruption body in Honduras has resigned in protest of what he described as insufficient support from the mission’s...
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Guatemala Authorities, CICIG Target Yet Another Former President

The arrest in Guatemala of former President Álvaro Colom adds to the list of former heads of states facing corruption allegations in the Central American nation,...
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Colombia ‘Narco Junior’ Lived Double Life as Jet-Setter and Medellín Crime Boss: Authorities

Authorities in Colombia arrested the son of a late Medellín Cartel trafficker on charges that he held a leadership role within the crime group that succeeded Pablo...
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Honduras Anti-Graft Body Closing In on Ex-President: Report

An internationally backed anti-corruption body in Honduras is reportedly assisting local authorities with gathering evidence in an investigation targeting a...
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Honduras Attorney General, Civil Society Challenge ‘Impunity Pact’

The attorney general of Honduras and a prominent civil society group have launched legal challenges against a recent legislative reform denounced by critics as an...
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Accusations Land Honduras Police Reform Commission in Hot Water

A commission in charge of cleaning up Honduras’ police is fighting to clear its name after an explosive report by the AP revealed the alleged relationship between...
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El Salvador Convicts First Mayor for Ties to Gangs

A former El Salvador mayor has become the country’s first mayor to be convicted of illicit association with gangs, a small step toward...
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Weekly InSight: Outlook for Anti-Graft Initiatives in Honduras and Guatemala

In our February 2 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón addressed the current status and outlook of...
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Iván Velásquez: Guatemala’s Elites Are Vying for Total State Control

In the fight for Guatemala’s institutions, there is never a dull moment. Recently, and especially in the last few weeks, powerful groups in...
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Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay's president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil,...
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Brazil Ex-President’s Conviction Upheld, But System Still Favors Elites

An appeals court in Brazil has upheld the conviction on corruption charges of former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva. Supporters of the still-popular...
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With Firing of Tax Agency Chief, Guatemala’s Status Quo Makes Its Move

Juan Francisco Solórzano Foppa, the crusading head of Guatemala’s notoriously graft-ridden tax agency, has been fired from his post, in the latest sign...