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Guatemala to ask US for ex anti-corruption prosecutor's extradition

Guatemala City - Guatemala said on Wednesday it will ask the United States to extradite former anti-corruption prosecutor Thelma Aldana, who fled to the US last year after a warrant was issued for her arrest over graft.

Ex-boss of Mexico's PEMEX oil jailed in Spain pending extradition

Madrid - A Spanish judge placed a top former Mexican oil executive in pre-trial detention Thursday following an extradition request linked to the vast Odebrecht corruption scandal that has engulfed much of Latin America.

Bribery trial of ex-president Correa begins in Ecuador

Quito - The trial of former Ecuador president Rafael Correa, who lives in exile in Belgium, for illicit campaign funding began on Monday.

Argentine anti-corruption judge and Kirchner nemesis dies

Buenos Aires - Claudio Bonadio, the federal judge who led a series of corruption investigations against former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner, died on Tuesday at the age of 64, sources close to him said.

Peru's Fujimori hospitalized for neurological and lung issues

- Peru's jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori was hospitalized Monday in Lima after suffering neurological and lung problems, his family doctor told AFP.

Ex-Mexican minister pleads not guilty in US to taking drug bribes

New York - Former Mexican public security minister Genaro Garcia Luna, accused of taking huge bribes to allow the notorious Sinaloa cartel to ship drugs into the US, pleaded not guilty Friday in a New York court.

Kirchner in court days before assuming Argentine vice-presidency

Buenos Aires - Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner appeared in court Monday to give evidence in a corruption trial in which she is charged with diverting public funds, just a week before she returns to the country's government as vice president.

Kirchner in court days before assuming Argentine vice-presidency

Buenos Aires - Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner arrived in court Monday to give evidence in a corruption trial in which she is charged with diverting public funds, just a week before she returns to the country's government as vice president.

US prosecutor says Honduran president took fortune in drug bribes

New York - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez took millions of dollars in bribes from drug lords including jailed Mexican kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a US prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of his brother's trial.

Argentina ex-president Kirchner to be tried for fourth time

Buenos Aires - Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner is to stand trial for a fourth time on corruption charges, even as the leftist opposition leader vies for the position of vice president in elections next month.

Peru court cuts jail time for opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

- Peru's Supreme Court on Thursday halved the pre-trial detention of Keiko Fujimori, paving the way for the opposition leader to leave jail in April of next year.

Guatemala's UN-backed anti-corruption body shuts down

Guatemala City - UN anti-corruption prosecutors pulled the curtain down on more than a decade of high-profile investigations in Guatemala when its mandate ended Tuesday, heightening fears of a return to impunity in the Central American country.

Argentine court rejects Kirchner bid to throw out corruption case

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court rejected a request from lawyers to throw out a corruption case against former president and current vice presidential candidate Cristina Kirchner.

Peru court sets date to decide on jailed opposition leader Fujimori's release

- Peru's Supreme Court said Wednesday it will decide next month whether to free opposition leader Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention in a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

'El Chapo' enters US supermax prison in Colorado

New York - Fallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was locked up Friday at the ADX federal maximum security prison in the US state of Colorado, where he will spend the rest of his days."We can confirm that...

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

New York - The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman provided a rare and terrifying look into the workings of one of the world's largest cartels.

Court accepts Brazil giant Odebrecht's bankrupcy protection request

S - A court in Sao Paulo on Tuesday accepted a request by Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to begin a corporate recovery procedure aimed at fending off bankruptcy at the scandal-tainted group.

Argentine ex-minister jailed for hiding $9 million in convent

Buenos Aires - A court on Wednesday sentenced former Argentine minister Jose Lopez to six years in prison after he was caught by police trying to hide bags stuffed with $9 million in cash at a Buenos Aires convent.

Kirchner corruption trial opens in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner listened to the charges against her on Tuesday in the first hearing of a corruption trial that will unfold as the country heads towards general elections in October.

Kirchner corruption trial opens in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner arrived in court Tuesday for the start of a corruption trial that will unfold as the country heads towards general elections in October.

Lula 'in love': Brazil's jailed ex-leader wants to marry if freed

Bras - Brazil's imprisoned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, still loved by large parts of the population, plans to remarry if he is released from prison, a former minister said.

Brazil ex-president Temer leaves jail for second time

S - Former Brazil president Michel Temer left prison on Wednesday less than a week after returning to a Sao Paulo penitentiary in relation to a wide-ranging corruption scandal that has engulfed several high profile South American politicians.

Ex Peru president and wife indicted for Odebrecht corruption

- Peru's public prosecutor indicted former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia on Tuesday for allegedly laundering assets, as part of the wide-ranging Odebrecht corruption scandal.

Panama's Cortizo wins close presidential vote

Panama - Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo won Panama's presidential election Sunday in a close race that saw a large number of voters turn out amid concerns over corruption scandals and the country's image as a money-launderer's paradise."I feel very happy.

Odebrecht scandal casts shadow over Panama poll

Panama - Seated next to dozens of workers in helmets and yellow jackets, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela posed last month for a shared selfie after inaugurating the Central American country's latest project by Odebrecht -- the Brazilian firm whose million...

Veteran lawmaker poised to win Panama presidential election

Panama - Voters go to the polls to elect a president on Sunday in booming Panama, with anti-graft candidate Laurentino Cortizo the favorite to succeed incumbent Juan Carlos Varela.

Peru: Ex-president Kuczynski undergoes heart surgery

- Peru's former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who is under arrest in connection with the Odebrecht corruption scandal and has been hospitalized for heart problems, underwent emergency surgery Saturday to install a pacemaker, his brother said.

Odebrecht boss details 'money routes' to Peru politicians: prosecutor

Curitiba - Prosecutors said a top former executive of Brazilian multinational Odebrecht gave details Wednesday of multi-million dollar payoffs to Peruvian politicians including a top aide of former president Alan Garcia, who committed suicide last week.

Odebrecht funded Peru ex-president Garcia: former chief

Curitiba - Odebrecht's former chief in Peru told corruption investigators the firm helped finance the 2006 election campaign of former Peruvian president Alan Garcia, who committed suicide last week, Peru's public prosecutor said Tuesday.

Thousands rally in Brazil to protest Lula's first year in prison

Curitiba - Several thousand supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rallied on Sunday outside the prison where he has now been held for a year, as they demanded his release and chanted slogans against current leader Jair Bolsonaro.
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