/Guatemala detains ex-President Alvaro Colom in fraud case

Guatemala detains ex-President Alvaro Colom in fraud case

Guatemala’s ex-president, Alvaro Colom, was detained on Tuesday complying with a bigger corruption examination. Additionally restrained was Juan Alberto Fuentes, a previous financing preacher that is currently chairman of the anti-poverty company Oxfam International.

Colom, 66, was head of state of Guatemala from 2008 to2012 He as well as numerous participants of his cupboard have actually currently dropped on trial for an uncertain public transportation handle 2009.

In all, 10 apprehensions were transformed fraudulence as well as embezzlement costs for the acquisition of numerous buses bought for Guatemala City. 4 firms authorized 25- year federal government agreements to run the TransUrbano transportation system, a deal Colom’s National Unity of Hope event aimed to excused from tax obligations.

Over half of preachers restrained

The various other suspects concession 9 individuals from Colom’s 13- participant cupboard, consisting of the ex-ministers of education and learning, protection, labor, wellness as well as the setting, that all accepted the bargain. The apprehension of previous financing principal Fuentes has actually positioned added stress on Oxfam, currently reeling from sex abuse claims from its mission in Haiti.

The ex-leader was detained at his residence in a high end community in the funding. He has actually refuted any kind of misbehavior.

Colom complies with a pattern of corruption costs versus Guatemalan leaders. Colom’s instant follower Otto Perez is presently behind bars waiting for test for graft accusations, as well as the nation’s nation head of state, Jimmy Morales, is dealing with insurance claims of immoral project funding as well as trying to expel a UN-backed prosecutor aiming to place him on test for fraudulence.

es/kms (AFP, Reuters)