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Guatemala bids goodbye to UN anti-graft body as it wraps up

Sep. 3, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said goodbye Tuesday to a U.N. commission that has helped investigate and prosecute hundreds of corrupt politicians, public officials and businesspeople over the last 12 years. The commission, known as CICIG for its initials in Spanish, ceased its operations after President...

UN weighs request to back El Salvador anti-graft commission

Sep. 3, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it's reviewing a request to back a new commission that will be investigating corruption in El Salvador. U.N. spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Tuesday that the Salvadoran government had made the request. The Organization of American States said Friday that...

Guatemala arrests ex-1st lady, presidential runner-up Torres

Sep. 2, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan first lady and presidential runner-up Sandra Torres was arrested Monday on charges of campaign finance violations, the latest high-profile political figure to face allegations of malfeasance even as a U.N. anti-graft commission is set to shut down. Investigators...

As UN body wraps up in Guatemala, fears for anti-graft fight

Sep. 2, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — For over a decade, the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala brought the Central American nation hope that corruption could be fought. Now, as the end of its mandate nears, many fear a setback in the fight against impunity. The U.N. commission known as...

AP Interview: Guatemala graft body's chief happy despite end

Aug. 31, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Although he did not head the anti-corruption mission in Guatemala starting with its creation in 2007, Iván Velásquez became known internationally about a half decade ago due to the high-impact cases he was able to uncover during his leadership. The Colombian lawyer took...

OAS-backed commission to tackle corruption in El Salvador

Aug. 30, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Organization of American States has announced the creation of a commission that will investigate corruption in El Salvador. OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro said Friday from Washington that he and Salvadoran officials agreed to install the International Commission...

In final report, UN body says Guatemala 'captured' by graft

Aug. 28, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A U.N. commission that spent the last 12 years probing graft in Guatemala described the country as "captured" by corruption in its final report Wednesday, days before it is set to wrap up operations after President Jimmy Morales refused to renew its mandate. The commission, known as...

President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US

Aug. 14, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan immigration agreement signed with the Trump administration won't work because the Central American nation does not have the resources, the country's new president-elect says. Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative who was chosen overwhelmingly by voters in a weekend runoff...

President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US

Aug. 13, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said Tuesday that Guatemala will not be able to hold up its side of an immigration agreement with the United States by serving as a "safe third country" for asylum seekers. Giammattei told The Associated Press his country cannot tend to its own...

Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election

Aug. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would tackle the corruption, violence and insufficient economic opportunity that has driven tens of thousands to...