Guatemala prosecutors seek to impeach president after ex-VP's arrest




 
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Guatemala prosecutors seek to impeach president after ex-VP's arrest
 
August 22nd, 2015  
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Guatemala prosecutors seek to impeach president after ex-VP's arrest
By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's attorney general sought to impeach President Otto Perez on Friday over a customs fraud that led to the arrest of his former vice president, deepening a government crisis ahead of presidential elections next month. Perez's conservative administration has spent much of this year mired in public protests and scandals over corruption allegations against senior officials, several of whom the retired general fired during a cabinet purge in May. Attorney General Thelma Aldana told a news conference it was "highly probable" that taped telephone conversations of people involved in the customs racket referred to Perez and ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who stood down in May. Baldetti, who was arrested on Friday while she was receiving treatment at a hospital, is suspected of illicit association, bribery and fraud linked to the customs racket known as La Linea, said another senior prosecutor, Francisco Sandoval.




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