A Corruption Crusade in Guatemala

From the New York Times

Last year, Guatemalans watched in awe as their president, Otto Pérez Molina, and his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, were charged in a kickback scheme and forced from power. This month brought a startling revelation from the country’s attorney general, Thelma Aldana: Investigators have determined that the case that brought down Mr. Pérez Molina was just a sliver of a sprawling criminal enterprise run by the state.

Ms. Aldana said that at least 70 people in the country’s political and business elites have been implicated in money-laundering and bribery schemes that bankrolled Mr. Pérez Molina’s party and his cronies. Investigators are poring through more than two million seized documents as they continue to map out what Ms. Aldana described as a state that had been “co-opted” by crooks.

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