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Genocide case against former Guatemalan dictator could be dismissed

Two weeks before the scheduled start date of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt’s retrial for genocide and crimes against humanity, forensic experts have asserted that he is mentally unfit to stand trial, legally allowing his attorneys to request the case closed.

Guatemala’s Pérez Molina could face impeachment

President Otto Pérez Molina’s future is in the hands of five congressmen after the Supreme Court gave the legislature the green light to decide whether he should be stripped of his prosecutorial immunity so that he can be tried for corruption charges.

Guatemalans take to the streets again as new corruption scandal rocks the Pérez Molina administration

For the fifth consecutive week, protesters gathered in front of the presidential palace on Saturday to demand Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s resignation after his administration was tainted by yet another corruption scandal.

Guatemalan president sacks 3 ministers amid graft scandal

Guatemala's embattled President Otto Pérez Molina fired three ministers and his spy chief Thursday, seeking to get a grip on a deepening corruption scandal that already claimed his vice president.

Interpol seeks Guatemalan businessman linked to government corruption scandal

Interpol issued an international warrant for the arrest of a Guatemalan businessman accused of being involved in a tax fraud network that caused the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti.

Resignation rumors of Guatemala’s Pérez Molina grow after fourth week of protests

A persistent drizzle turned into a downpour by the end of the afternoon but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of Guatemalans who took to the streets on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina.

As Guatemala’s political crisis deepens, citizens reawaken

In a country where a recent history of repressive military rule has instilled a deep fear of political activism in many Guatemalans, observers have labeled the youth-led citizen movement that's taken to the streets and social media to demand an end to government corruption a “Guatemalan spring.”

Guatemala’s ex-police chief gets life sentence in Switzerland

Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen on Friday received a life sentence in Switzerland for seven murders committed in the Central American country.

Guatemala to seize disgraced ex-leader’s bank accounts in Europe

Guatemala is seeking to confiscate European bank accounts linked to former president Alfonso Portillo, a court official said Friday, the day after a U.S. court sentenced him to nearly six years for corruption.

Guatemala’s Alfonso Portillo gets six years in prison in US

NEW YORK – Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced Thursday in New York to five years and 10 months in prison for a $2.5 million bribery scandal.

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