Arrest warrant issued for former Guatemalan presidential candidate

    21 de enero de 2018

    Guatemala City, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- The Attorney General's Office and the UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) have issued an arrest warrant for former presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon in connection with the Odebrecht corruption case, officials said Sunday.

    The warrant was issued following the execution of 10 search warrants and the arrests of four people linked to the former presidential candidate, prosecutors and the CICIG said in a statement.

    Baldizon tried to enter the United States "without legal permission to do so" and will be deported by immigration officials "in the short term," the statement said.

    The 47-year-old Baldizon, who ran for the presidency in 2015 and 2011, will be arrested on criminal conspiracy, bribery and money laundering charges as soon as he arrives in Guatemala, officials said.

    Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, according to the US Justice Department, paid $788 million in bribes to officials in 12 Latin American countries, including Guatemala.

    The company paid $18 million in bribes to Guatemalan officials between 2013 and 2015, US prosecutors said.