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Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia
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Can Peru Congress Make Narco-Pardons Case Against Ex-President Stick?

Peru's Congress is opening a debate on what to do with the findings of an investigation into a pay-for-pardons scandal that implicates two-time President Alan...
A 2010 Kingston murder scene
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Rising Murders in Jamaica’s Capital: Criminal Power Vacuum?

Authorities in Jamaica have reported a 40 percent rise in murders in West Kingston, likely the result of a power vacuum left by the fall of the area's former crime...
Enilce Lopez, alias "La Gata"
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Money Laundering Case Spotlights Colombia Businesswoman’s Paramilitary Ties

Authorities in Colombia have arrested 11 people close to powerful businesswoman "La Gata" and seized many of her assets, as part of an ongoing drug money laundering...
Cesar Alvarez, governor of Ancash
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Peru’s Judicial System Infiltrated by Org Crime: Official

Peru's top anti-narcotics prosecutor has warned that drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups have infiltrated the judicial system, underscoring...
Guatemala's new Attorney General, Thelma Aldana
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Guatemala New AG Appointment Blow to Anti-Impunity Campaigners

President Otto Perez has named Thelma Aldana as Guatemala's new attorney general, a controversial decision that raises fears of a return to impunity after four...
Jose de Jesus Reyna Garcia
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Ex-Michoacan Governor Case Spotlights Knights Templar Political Network

The former interim governor of Mexico's southwest Pacific state of Michoacan has been sent to federal prison for alleged Knights Templar ties, in a case...
President Santos and J.J. Rendon
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Colombia President’s Strategist Resigns Amid Drug Money Allegations

Weeks before Colombia's presidential elections, the current president's political strategist has resigned on accusations he received $12 million from the country's...
Guatemala's outgoing Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz
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Paz y Paz Exclusion from Guatemala AG List Raises Impunity Fears

Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has been excluded from the final shortlist of candidates vying to be Guatemala’s next attorney general, a move many rights...
Arquimides Oseguera
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Mexico Mayor’s Arrest Signals Ongoing Knights Templar Threat

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the mayor of Michoacan's principal port city for alleged Knights Templar ties, in an illustration of how embedded this criminal...
Paz y Paz is sworn in by former President Colom
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The War of Paz y Paz: The Revolution

Since taking over in 2010, Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has waged a revolution from inside one of the country's most troubled institutions. She...
Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt during his trial
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The War of Paz y Paz: The Victims

Since taking over in 2010, Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has waged a revolutionary war from inside one of the country's most troubled institutions....
The Attorney General's Postulation Commission
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The War of Paz y Paz: Enemy of the State

Since taking over in 2010, Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has waged a revolution from inside one of the country's most troubled institutions. She...