Guatemala Arrests For Congresswoman for Drug Links

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    Written by Tristan Clavel

    Friday, 10 March 2017

    A former congresswoman in Guatemala was sent to prison to await trial for her alleged involvement in an embezzlement scheme, but these charges may be the tip of the iceberg given previous accusations of high-level corruption and involvement with organized crime lodged against her.

    Former Congresswoman Emilenne Mazariegos was arrested and remanded to pretrial detention on charges of criminal association and money laundering, the Attorney General's Office and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala - CICIG) announced during a March 8 press conference.

    Mazariegos, a former congresswoman for the Patriotic Party (Partido Patriota - PP), is one of the 12 individuals arrested for having allegedly embezzled funds from the Chicamán municipality of the Quiché department. Prosecutors say Mazariegos' partner, mother, uncle and brother-in-law were also part of the dismantled network.

    According to the investigation, the Chimacán local government took out two separate loans for a total of 21 million quetzals (roughly $2.8 million) in 2012 to finance public works projects. These funds were transferred to a non-governmental organization called the National Pro-Development Association (Asociación Pro Desarrollo Nacional - APRODEN), whose legal representative was Mazariegos' mother. APRODEN then wired the funds to a subcontractor construction company.

    http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/guatemala-arrests-fmr-congresswoman-linked-drug-group
     
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