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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...
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Jail Time for LatAm Officials Won’t Kick FIFA Corruption Problem

Authorities in the United States have sentenced two high-level soccer officials to jail time in relation to a widespread corruption scandal involving the world’s...
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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A longtime powerbroker in Guatemala has withdrawn his plea for asylum in the United States and will instead be deported to face criminal charges related to the...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...