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Thursday July 3, 2014

Olympic Athlete Denounces Police Extortion in Guatemala

Olympic Athlete Denounces Police Extortion in Guatemala

Photo: Jaime Daniel Quiyuch Castañeda

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Guatemalan Olympic race walker Jaime Daniel Quiyuch Castañeda said Wednesday that he was detained and extorted by the police.

The bronze medal winner in the 2011 Pan-American Games told Efe that cops detained him on Monday in Guatemala City as he was riding in an automobile with his brother and a friend.

The officers demanded money in exchange for not seizing the vehicle since - they claimed - it was stolen and, when Quiyuch and his companions refused to immediately pay up, they were taken to a police station where they were allowed to make a telephone call to a relative who brought them a sum in cash.

Quiyuch, who competed for Guatemala in the 2012 London Olympics, called his wife, who came to the police station to deliver $260 to the police.

The cops also took the athlete’s cell phone, but they later released him along with the other men and returned the vehicle to them.

“When I got back to my house I felt frustrated by what had happened and I’m afraid for my safety,” said Quiyuch, who filed a complaint regarding the incident with the Attorney General’s Office and the police internal affairs division.

Quiyuch, 26, was a teammate of the only Olympic medalist in Guatemalan history, Erick Barrondo.

During the first three months of this year, 44 Guatemalan police officers were arrested for assorted crimes.

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