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U.S. State Department adds dozens of Central American officials to corruption blacklist

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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2022. 1:56 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department added dozens of Central American officials to its corruption blacklist, Reuters report.

The list includes current and former officials, lawmakers, judges, and business people from Central America.

The blacklist of people are names of those the U.S. government considers “corrupt and undemocratic” actors in the region.

It includes individuals from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua whom Washington accuses of wrongdoing.

The list of 60 includes Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s press secretary and his legal adviser, 2 Guatemalan Supreme Court justices, a vice president of the Honduran congress, and a number of former government ministers from across the region.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the individuals on the list, through their significant corruption, efforts to obstruct investigations into corruption, and undermining of democratic processes and institutions, weaken the ability of governments in the region to respond to the needs of their citizens, contributing to irregular migration and destabilizing societies.

Those that are on the list will see their U.S. visas revoked and will be unable to enter the United States.

 

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