Guatemala's Former President Is Jailed as Protesters Oppose Weekend Election

September 4, 2015 5:50 PM

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After a corruption scandal engulfed Guatemala's presidency and forced Otto Perez Molina to resign, the retired general and director of military intelligence was arrested on Thursday and taken to court. Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, who was appointed by Congress to replace Perez Molina's previous vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, after she resigned in May, was sworn in as the nation's chief executive that afternoon.

During Perez Molina's appearance before the court, prosecutors played wiretapped conversations that they said illustrated his links to a customs scheme known as "La Linea" ("the Hotline") in which importers paid bribes to officials to avoid paying duties, defrauding the country of millions. Though t...

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