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4 Consequences of Morales’ War With the CICIG in Guatemala

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales’ decision not to renew the mandate of the CICIG and to block reentry into the country of its leader, Commissioner Iván...
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InSight Crime Podcast | The Presidents’ Judge

If you ever met the Colombian judge Ivan Velasquez, you would not think he is the giant-slayer that he...
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In Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras, Prosecutors Will Fall Short*

The murder trial of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras could open a small window into the nexus between criminal networks and elites, but will more...
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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized...
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Despite Confession, Former El Salvador President’s Sentencing Is Bittersweet

An ex-president in El Salvador has become the first former head of state in the country to confess to corruption and later receive prison time for it, but the light...
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Drug Suspect’s Arrest Raises Questions About Nicaragua Judicial Corruption

Authorities in Costa Rica arrested an alleged leader of an international drug trafficking organization while he was dining with the son of a Nicaraguan Supreme...
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The CICIG Head’s Rocky Road Out of Guatemala: A Timeline

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales' decision not to renew the mandate of the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión...
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Ambiguous US Response Leaves Guatemala Justice in Limbo

Mixed messages from Washington have left the door open for Guatemala President Jimmy Morales to strengthen his fight against the institutions investigating him for...
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Guatemala Authorities Bar Entry to CICIG Commissioner

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales announced that he has decided to “prohibit the entry of Mr. Iván Velásquez Gómez into Guatemalan territory” and asked the...
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Nicaragua Becoming Regional Safe Haven for LatAm Fugitives

The recent granting of political asylum in Nicaragua to a fugitive from Guatemala is the latest sign that the Central American nation is becoming a regional safe...
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Guatemala President Announces End of CICIG’s Mandate

In a bold move that may further stoke tension in his Central American nation, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has announced that he will not renew the mandate for...
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All Hands on Deck to Hide Jimmy Morales’ ‘Ghost Flight’

President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala has many public enemies, but there is one who costs him more sleep at night than the others: CICIG Commissioner Iván...