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Two Guatemala ministers resigned amidst allegations of import bribery scandal

Earlier, the vice-president and three other ministers also resigned due to same allegations.

Aug 25, 2015 09:04 IST
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Guatemala’s Finance Minister and Communication Minister Dorval Carias and Victor Corado respectively on 24 August 2015 resigned from their positions.

The resignations were the result of mounting allegations against officials and ministers in the government including the President Otto Perez for their involvement in the La Linea (the line) import bribery scheme.

Due to the same allegations, three other ministers resigned in the third week of August 2015.

Earlier, in May 2015 the Vice-President Roxana Baldetti resigned from her position after a UN anti-corruption investigation unit arrested 24 individuals including her personal secretary for their involvement in the scheme.

Under the La Linea import bribery scheme, officials received bribes to reduce duties paid by importers.

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