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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:01 PM

Guatemala ministers arrested over 'helicopter gift'

Source: BBC

Guatemala ministers arrested over 'helicopter gift'

11 June 2016 Latin America & Caribbean

Two former Guatemalan ministers have been arrested as part of a major investigation led by a United Nations-backed commission.

The two men, Manuel Lopez Ambrosio and Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, have been accused of using public funds to buy a helicopter that was given as a gift to former President Otto Perez Molina.

He was arrested in September after standing down amid widespread anti-corruption protests.

Mr Perez Molina denies all the charges.

Mr Lopez Ambrosio served as defence minister and Mr Lopez Bonilla as interior minister in Mr Perez Molina's government.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36508762


Source: Reuters

World | Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:26pm EDT

Guatemala brings corruption charges against five ex-ministers


Guatemala's attorney general on Saturday brought corruption charges against five former ministers who served in the government of Otto Perez, a former president impeached and arrested for suspected graft last year.

The five are accused of money laundering and unlawful association to buy gifts for Perez and ex-vice president Roxana Baldetti through an aide, said Ivan Velasquez, head of a local U.N.-backed anti-corruption body known as the CICIG.

The announcement was made in a joint news conference by Guatemala's attorney general, Thelma Aldana, and the CICIG, who worked together to build a case against Perez last year.

Police detained two of the five officials, ex-defense minister Manuel Lopez Ambrosio and former interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on Saturday.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-guatemala-corruption-idUSKCN0YX0PD

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