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Audio Reveals Details of Guatemala Fire that Killed 40 Girls

Audio Reveals Details of Guatemala Fire that Killed 40 Girls

(Q24N) Recordings of three survivors from a massive fire in Guatemala that killed 40 has been released by a local media outlet, revealing shocking details about the moments leading up to the event. Nómada, a Guatemalan media outlet, interviewed young survivors of the tragedy that happened at a girls’ shelter, and subsequently published the recordings. During the interviews, […]

Guatemala President Admits State Responsibility in Shelter Fire

Guatemala President Admits State Responsibility in Shelter Fire

Q24N – As many outraged Guatemalans are calling for his resignation over the fire, Morales said that the state wasn’t paying attention. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales acknowledged Friday the responsibility of the state in a tragic fire days before in a government-run shelter for abused teens which left at least 37 children dead and dozens […]

Guatemala Judge Flees Country Fearing Own Judiciary Colleague

Guatemala Judge Flees Country Fearing Own Judiciary Colleague

(Q24N via Insightcrime.org) A Supreme Court magistrate in Guatemala has allegedly pressured a judge handling her son’s case, leading the latter official to leave the country in an affair symbolic of Guatemala’s ongoing struggle against corruption and elite interference with anti-corruption efforts. Judge Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda left Guatemala on January 12 after reportedly being […]

Guatemala Proposes to Legalize Gay Marriage

Guatemala Proposes to Legalize Gay Marriage

Q24N – Congressmen of various political parties in Guatemala are preparing an initiative that seeks to reform the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage. The proposal was announced by the legislator Sandra Morán, head of the Convergence Block. According to Moran, Guatemala should recognize and guarantee the rights of persons of the same sex who […]

Uber Launches in Guatemala, with Taxi Drivers Prepared to Fight Back

Uber Launches in Guatemala, with Taxi Drivers Prepared to Fight Back

Q24N – The controversial transportation company made the announcement on its website this week, listing Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala, Mixco and Villa Nueva as the cities in which the application for requesting rides will be available. “The technology behind our application, the different payment method options and our rigorous quality standards help ensure that drivers […]

Guatemala’s Mafia State

Guatemala’s Mafia State

Q24N – Insightcrime.org  – Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla — a decorated war hero and a longtime US ally — finds himself treading water amidst a flurry of accusations about corruption and his connections to drug traffickers. López Bonilla is not the most well-known suspect in the cases against former Guatemalan officials, but […]

Too Many Dollars in Guatemala

Too Many Dollars in Guatemala

(Q24N) In the first nine months of the year the Bank of Guatemala has intervened in the exchange market with $1 billion in order to keep the Quetzal from appreciating further. The increasing flows of remittances coming into the country are the main reason behind the appreciation of the Quetzal against the Dollar. So far […]

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

(Q24N) A former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank who admitted involvement in laundering $30 million will avoid serving jail time, a mixed result for an otherwise successful effort by prosecutors to counter corruption at the highest levels of the country’s bureaucratic elite. Édgar Barquín, the former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank and 2015 vice-presidential candidate, […]

Guatemala Business Tycoon Busted for Tax Fraud

Guatemala Business Tycoon Busted for Tax Fraud

One of Guatemala’s most important business figures has been arrested for tax evasion, as the corruption scandals that have rocked the country’s political elite appear to be expanding to encompass prominent members of the private sector. Carlos Enrique Monteros Castillo, owner and president of the Camino Real hotel chain, was apprehended July 9 at Guatemala […]

Guatemala is pioneer of fruit and vegetable exports

Guatemala is pioneer of fruit and vegetable exports

(Q24N) FreshPlaza.com –  Frutesa is a Guatemalan company devoted to the export of fresh fruits and vegetables, mainly various types of peas, French green beans and blackberries, since 1983. According to Luis Teo, of Frutesa, they were pioneers in the export of these products to Europe. “We were the first company to export snow peas […]

Guatemala and the New Law on Banking Secrecy

(Q24N) Guatemala’s ne tax law allows authorities to access taxpayers banking information through an order issued by a qualified judge. The business sector has not opposed the proposal to remove bank secrecy, either in the past nor in the present, provided it is done through means of an order issued by a qualified judge and […]

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala’s prolific narco “queen.” A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as the “Queen of the South,” in an offshore company established […]

63 Children Die Due to Violence in Guatemala This Year

63 Children Die Due to Violence in Guatemala This Year

Q24N (Prensa Latina) At least 63 children have been killed, as a result of the rise in violence sparked off in the first two months of the year in Guatemala, reports from the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (Inacif) said today. This represents a decrease compared with the same period of the previous year,in which […]

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, US to Review Joint Plan

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, US to Review Joint Plan

(Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez, confirmed that representatives of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will hold a meeting in Washington with Vice President Joseph Biden, on February 24. At the meeting they will review the progress of the agreements reached in the plan called Alliance for the prosperity of the Northern Triangle of Central […]

Guatemala To Host Regional Meeting on Cuban Migrants

Guatemala To Host Regional Meeting on Cuban Migrants

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Guatemala will host a regional meeting on Jan. 20 to discuss the issue of the Cuban migrants in Costa Rica and assess the results of the transfer of the first batch of these people to the United States, reported a Foreign Ministry source. The meeting, a follow up of that held in […]

New Guatemala President Promises Crackdown on Corruption

New  Guatemala President Promises Crackdown on Corruption

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) TV comic-turned-politician Jimmy Morales used his inauguration speech to promise a crackdown on corruption, as he laid out to Guatemalans the core goals of his presidency. Elected in October 2015 after mass anti-corruption protests swept former president Otto Pérez Molina out of power and into prison, Morales made financial crime the chief target […]

Business Doing Well Despite Politicians

Business Doing Well Despite Politicians

Q24N – Guatemala´s handling of a serious political crisis through legal means and confidence in the incoming government has allowed it to close 2015 with stable growth of 4.1%. The Bank of Guatemala reports that “… Economic activity continues to perform in a manner consistent with the range of annual economic growth forecast for 2015, […]

Guatemala Rejects Differentiated Treatment to Cuban Migrants

Q24N (Prensa Latina) The government of Guatemala rejected the differentiated treatment pretended for legal Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, in relation to the thousands of Central Americans who every year are deported from the United States. Guatemala thinks it is not a humanitarian situation, because these persons are not political refugees, they have not […]

Guatemala’s Interior Minister Denies Luxuries at Zavala Jail

Guatemala’s Interior Minister Denies Luxuries at Zavala Jail

Q24N – (Prensa Latina) Guatemala”s Interior Minister, Eunice Mendizabal, denied that the prison where former President Otto Perez Molina (2012-2015) is held today is a luxury prison as some media press suggested. According to the minister, the former president, subjected to trial for several crimes related to a corruption scandal for the fraud of customs […]

Guatemala No Rise on Tariffs on Chicken Imports

Guatemala No Rise on Tariffs on Chicken Imports

QCENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Following the doubts raised after the circulation of a document related to the topic, the government clarified that the tax on the import of poultry meat will remain unchanged. From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy: The Minister of Economy, Jorge Mendez Herbruger, said there is no reason why […]

Indigenous Women Summit in Guatemala Revives Hopes

Indigenous Women Summit in Guatemala Revives Hopes

(Prensa Latina) The 8th Indigenous Women of the Americas Summit concluded in Guatemala, hoping to renew and continue the fights carried out two decades ago by hundreds of female leaders form the continent. The meeting, which started on November 16th, became a space for experience exchange between 268 women from different generations and indigenous populations […]

Jimmy Morales is Strongly Criticized in Guatemala

Jimmy Morales is Strongly Criticized in Guatemala

  QCOSTARICA (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is the target of heavy criticism due to attitudes, silences or statements considered controversial, just two weeks after his election with a majority support. While social networks are the leaders in questioning the candidate of the National Convergence Front-Nation (FCN-Nation), the controversy is gaining ground in the […]

Guatemalan Justice Seizes Ex-President Ranches and Bank Account

Guatemalan Justice Seizes Ex-President Ranches and Bank Account

A Guatemalan court has ordered the confiscation of a bank account and six countryside houses belonging to former President Otto Perez Molina, who resigned on Sept. 3 over corruption allegations, said judge Marco Antonio Villeda on Tuesday. On Sept. 12, Villeda also said six other bank accounts belonging to Molina – representing a value of […]

More than 60% of Guatemalans are Poor

More than 60% of Guatemalans are Poor

QCOSTARICA – Over 62 percent of Guatemalans are poor, stated today the United Nations Development Program’s Resident Coordinator for Guatemala, Valerie Julliand, when making a call to eradicate poverty and extreme wealth. ‘To create the Guatemala we want, we must fight against inequalities’ Julliand said during her speech at the 6th edition of Esquipulas Regional […]

Alzheimer’s May Get Guatemala Drug Trafficker Out of Prison

Alzheimer’s May Get Guatemala Drug Trafficker Out of Prison

  Twenty years ago, the United States patiently prepared a punishment for Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, one of the most prominent drug traffickers in Guatemala. But in 2015, the case against him fell down like a house of cards. On August 18, 2014, Lorenzana Lima pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic cocaine from 1996 until at […]

Guatemala Elites Busted in Customs Fraud Ring

Guatemala Elites Busted in Customs Fraud Ring

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Authorities in Guatemala have arrested two high-level current and former government officials — as well as eighteen other suspects — for customs fraud. Nevertheless, the accused may be facing light punishment given the country’s culture of impunity for political elites. The alleged head of the criminal network, Juan Carlos Monzon, is […]