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Guatemala Powerbroker Withdraws US Asylum Plea To Face Criminal Charges

A longtime powerbroker in Guatemala has withdrawn his plea for asylum in the United States and will instead be deported to face criminal charges related to the...
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InSight Crime Podcast: The Good Student

In this week's podcast, we finish our series on illegal campaign financing in Guatemala, focusing on current President Jimmy...
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President Jimmy Morales’ (and Guatemala’s) ‘Original Sin’

It was just five months after he’d been sworn in as president of Guatemala that Jimmy Morales was in trouble. The date was May 5, 2016, and an auditor appointed...
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InSight Crime Podcast: The ‘Car Thief’

In our podcast this week, we return to Guatemala for the second of three stories on illicit campaign financing in that country to discuss Juan Carlos Monzón, the...
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Paraguay’s New President: All Bark and No Bite?

Paraguay’s new president says he will focus his security policy on ending judicial corruption and organized crime, but his background and the credibility of those...
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Guatemala Politics and the Patriotic Party’s Theory of ‘Eternal Return’

Juan Carlos Monzón was in South Korea when his boss, Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti, received the call that would change their two trajectories –...
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New Guatemala AG Puts Jimmy Morales in Her Crosshairs

Guatemala Attorney General Consuelo Porras’ has requested that the country’s legislature initiate a preliminary hearing against President Jimmy Morales for...
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A Former El Salvador President Tells How He Robbed the State

When former El Salvador President Antonio Saca began to declare himself as the author of one of the most well-known robberies in the country’s history, he knew...
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InSight Crime’s Person of Interest Podcast: Guatemala’s Political Fixer

In our inaugural podcast, we look at Guatemala's putrid campaign finance system through the story of Obdulio Solórzano, a political fixer for the UNE party who...
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The Zetas, Drug Money and the Colom Campaign in Guatemala

In the first of three articles concerning illicit political contributions in Guatemala, we look at the 2007 presidential campaign of Álvaro Colom. Colom, the...
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Peru’s Judicial Corruption Scandal, Explained

Peru's entire judicial apparatus is in chaos following the leak of audio recordings that appear to show powerful officials engaged in various influence peddling and...
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In Honduras, a Congressman’s Threats Scream of Desperation

A congressman in Honduras has blamed a prominent Honduran NGO for the decision by members of the US Congress to request an investigation of his alleged ties to drug...