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Illinois Immigrant Saved from Deportation Following Complaints from Family, Activists

Illinois Immigrant Saved from Deportation Following Complaints from Family, Activists

Israel Lopez Bautista, an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant arrested here by immigration agents for having returned to the United States after being deported, was released on Thursday after complaints by relatives and activists. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

The 2,597 homicides committed in Guatemala in the first five months of the year represent an increase of 9 percent over the same period in 2012, the Mutual Support Group, or GAM, said Thursday. continue reading »

Former Guatemalan Dictator’s Genocide Re-trial Set for April 2014

Former Guatemalan Dictator’s Genocide Re-trial Set for April 2014

Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's re-trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity will not begin until April 2014, a Guatemalan court said Wednesday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Police Confiscate Over a Ton of Cocaine

Guatemalan Police Confiscate Over a Ton of Cocaine

Drug enforcement agents seized 1,048 kilos of cocaine hidden in a van in Puerto Quetzal, a city in the southern Guatemalan province of Escuintla, but no arrests were made, a police spokesman said Sunday. continue reading »

Sec. of State Kerry to Participate at OAS General Assembly in Guatemala

Sec. of State Kerry to Participate at OAS General Assembly in Guatemala

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Guatemala June 4-5 to participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization. continue reading »

Guatemala, Mexico Partner to Combat Poverty Along Border

Guatemala, Mexico Partner to Combat Poverty Along Border

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto said they would launch joint actions "in the short term" to combat hunger in the border region and spur development for its more than five million inhabitants. continue reading »

Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld its May 20 decision overturning former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. continue reading »

Alfonso Portillo, Former Guatemalan President Extradited to U.S., Money Laundering Charges

Alfonso Portillo, Former Guatemalan President Extradited to U.S., Money Laundering Charges

DEA officials today announced the extradition of Alfonso Portillo, the former President of Guatemala, who is charged with conspiring to launder millions of dollars he embezzled from the Government of Guatemala through bank accounts located in the United States. continue reading »

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

Thousands marched in this capital on Friday to protest the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's overturning of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Alfonso Portillo, who was Guatemala's president from 2000-2004, was extradited Friday to the United States to face money laundering charges. He was handed over to U.S. agents at a military airfield and then boarded a government aircraft to be taken to New York. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, facing 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized Monday after collapsing on his way to a court hearing, his lawyer said. continue reading »

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

The driver and assistant operating a bus, along with two passengers, who had been kidnapped by armed men in southeastern Guatemala on the weekend were found alive on a mountain, authorities said. continue reading »

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Guatemalan ex-strongman Efrain Rios Montt has vowed to appeal his 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, insisting he is innocent and that the trial was an "international political show." continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. continue reading »