Guatemala vice president resigns amid corruption scandal

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s vice president resigned Friday amid a customs corruption scandal that implicated her former private secretary and opened her up to an investigation, President Otto Perez Molina announced.With a sober expression on his face, Perez Molina said Roxana Baldetti had abandoned her offices in the presidential palace and he was informing congress. He called the decision “brave” and thanked her for her service. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility At least 50 private citizens and public servants, including Guatemala’s current and former tax chiefs, are suspects in the customs scandal. Prosecutors said 27 are in custody.Earlier Friday, authorities arrested five lawyers who allegedly bribed a judge to free suspects jailed in connection with the case.Prosecutors and a U.N. investigative commission said the attorneys paid Judge Marta Sierra Stalling to release the three suspects on bail.Authorities revoked bail and were seeking to lift Sierra Stalling’s judicial immunity in order to launch an investigation.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this April 19, 2015 file photo, Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti listens to a question from journalists during a press conference at the presidential house in Guatemala City. President Otto Perez Molina announced Friday, May 8, 2015, that Baldetti will leave office. She is resigning amid a customs corruption scandal that has implicated her former private secretary. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img read more