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Guatemala's Government Corruption: A Timeline

Guatemala's government is in trouble for corruption. Here is a timeline of the events.

By Karen Rodriguez | September 4, 2015

Guatemala's government is in trouble for corruption. Here is a timeline of the events.

April 23: President Otto Pérez Molina extends the authority of CICIG.

"So that we really can have a state with more security and justice," said President Otto Pérez Molina.

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C.I.C.I.G = The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Created in 2006 by Guatemala's government to rid itself of illegal activity.

April 25: Indigenous lawmaker, Amilcar Pop, informs the attorney general of Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti's crimes. (Video via Azteca Guate)

May 8: "First I want to tell you, I have the obligation and responsibility to inform the state that just moments ago, I was informed of the resignation of Vice President Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías," said President Pérez Molina.

Baldetti resigns the same day the fraudulent work of "La Línea" comes to light. "La Línea" is the name of the group that committed customs fraud. 

June-August: 15 government officials resign because of allegations linking them to "La Línea." They are later detained. 

Pérez Molina defends himself.

“I categorically declare that I reject my involvement in and of receiving any money from that operation to defraud customs. My conscience in that sense is at ease,” said President Otto Pérez Molina.

August 25: Pérez Molina is linked to "La Línea" when audio recordings of his voice surface.

“We have raised a trial against the President of the Republic to estimate his participation in these illicit activities of The Line,” said Public Prosecutor Thelma Aldana Hernandez.

August 27: Thousands of protesters continue to march through Guatemala City demanding the resignation of Pérez Molina. (Video via Prensa Libre)

September 1: Guatemala's Congress removes Pérez Molina's immunity from prosecution.

September 2: The Attorney General issues an arrest warrant for Pérez Molina.

September 3: Pérez Molina resigns and is arrested. 

"Former Vice President, Alejandro Maldonaldo has been sworn in as the countries new leader." (Video via CNN)

This video includes images from Congreso de La Republica de Guatemala and music from Birocratic / CC BY ND 3.0

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