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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 4:32 P.M. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, Guatemalan authorities reported that the country’s former president, Alvaro Colom and almost his entire cabinet, were arrested on charges of corruption.

The arrests came as part of an ongoing investigation being carried out by the (International commission against Impunity in Guatemala) CICIG.

The CICIG is charged with investigating and participating in the criminal prosecution of high ranking officials as well as to strengthen the country’s public policy framework and fortify Guatemala’s justice sector institutions.

The chairman of Oxfam International was also detained in a corruption case involving a bus concession.

Colom was president of Guatemala from 2008 to 2012. Several Guatemalan presidents are being investigated for corruption and fraud.

Colom was recently named by the Organization of American States as an envoy to Honduras in a bid to help sort out a highly disputed election there.

Colom is being investigated for ‘questionable purchases of public buses for Guatemala City.’

The former Guatemalan ministers of Finance, Defence, Economy, Education, Labor, Environment, Health, Sports and Culture, and Energy and Mines were also detained.

Several Guatemalan ex-presidents and other high-ranking officials have been swept in a series of corruption probes.

Among the corruption probes are charged of customs fraud, money laundering and bribery.

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