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The Kirchners and Lazaro Baez (right)

Argentina, Uruguay Clash Over Money Laundering

The failure of Argentina's government to provide important information for a money laundering investigation into an Argentine government linked contractor has...
Colonel Publio Hernan Mejia

Colombia Colonel Sentenced to 19 Years for Paramilitary Ties

A former top army commander in Colombia has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison for ties to paramilitaries, only the second high-profile military...
Peruvian anti-corruption prosecutor Julio Arbizu

Peru Issues ‘Red Alert’ for Capture of 90 Connected to Fujimori

Peru has issued a "red alert" for the capture of 90 people accused of corruption during the administration of former President Alberto Fujimori, including a raft of...
New CICIG head Ivan Velasquez

Last Rites for Guatemala’s Anti-Impunity Crusaders CICIG?

Guatemala's international anti-impunity body CICIG is now entering its final months of existence under the new leadership of a veteran Colombian investigator, but...
Jamaica gangs like Shower Posse have political roots

How Caribbean Organized Crime is Replacing the State

In Caribbean locations like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, criminal groups have established clear-cut alliances with political parties and sectors of the...
Funeral of Honduras Prosecutor Orlan Chavez

Honduras Murders Spark Fear of Extradition Backlash

In Honduras, two high-profile killings have raised the question of whether criminal actors are waging a war against the government, in protest of the possible...
Nicaragua's Navy on anti-drug operation

The Unsuspected Dimensions of Drug Trafficking in Nicaragua

The pattern of releases and penalty reductions for prisoners convicted of drug trafficking in Nicaragua give an insight into the deep penetration of the drug trade...
Scene of a massacre in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Guatemala Massacre Opens Window into Elite’s Ties to Organized Crime

A Christmas massacre in Huehuetenango, a Guatemalan province on the Mexican border, provides clues about the extent to which the country's elite is interlinked with...