Guatemala News: October 22 – October 28

Murder of local mayor and his daughter in border town links corruption with drug trafficking

Guatemalan mayor Carlos Darinel Aguirre and his 12-year-old daughter were assassinated on the 25th of October, highlighting his former alleged links to a drug trafficking group. This link characterizes the relationships between elites and criminal groups in Guatemala. Aguirre had previously been tied to drug trafficking group Huistas, a group that continues to yield great power in the Northern Huehuetetango region.16-10-27-Carlos-Aguirre-2

Ex-minister Pavel Centeno shoots prosecutors, commits suicide

The former Minister of Finance took his own life after a shoot-out against an agent of the National Civil Police (PNC) and a public prosecutor. He was due to be arrested in relation to money laundering, and was one of several cases that had taken part in a laundering scheme.

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