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Colombia’s former anti-corruption chief convicted for corruption

March, 7 2018 (Colombia reports) Colombia’s former corruption chief was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday after the DEA found out he and Supreme Court justices were taking bribes from corrupt politicians. The court initially sentenced former top prosecutor Luis Gustavo to three and a half years in prison, but then suspended the sentence, claiming [...]

Maduro demanded $50 million bribe from Odebrecht, ousted Venezuelan attorney general says

February, 28 2018 (Miami Herald) During the campaign for Venezuela’s 2013 presidential elections, then-candidate Nicolás Maduro asked the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht for a $50 million bribe if it wanted to continue enjoying its profitable contracts in his country, according to Venezuela’s exiled Attorney General Luisa Ortega. The company’s chief of operations in Venezuela, Euzenando [...]

Peru opposition leader’s lawyer says former Odebrecht official testified he donated to president’s campaign

February, 20 2018 (Reuters) LIMA (Reuters) - A former executive of scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] told prosecutors investigating the company in Peru that he gave money to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s 2011 election campaign, an attorney for opposition party leader Keiko Fujimori said on local television on Wednesday. The prosecutors traveled to Brazil this [...]

Colombia’s AGC paramilitaries vow to ‘design and construct a new country’

March, 1 2018 (Colombia Reports) Colombia’s largest illegal armed group, the AGC, vows to “design and construct a new country” in an apparent withdrawal from its intent to surrender to justice. The Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC) said so in a recently published “coexistence manual,” which laid out the social order imposed on communities living in [...]

Brazil’s Military Takeover Of Security In Rio De Janeiro Is A Looming Disaster

february, 20 2018 (Huffpost) Brazilian President Michel Temer made the unprecedented decision Friday to give the country’s military all public security responsibilities in Rio de Janeiro, the beleaguered city that has been plagued by rising rates of violent crime since it hosted the Olympic Games nearly two years ago. Temer’s decision will put the military [...]

True Ethics, True Grit: Compliance is Leadership’s Toughest Challenge

Jed Hepworth spent 39 years working on international matters at Cargill, Inc, the biggest privately held corporation in the USA. As Latin American General Counsel for 20 of those years, he led 70 professionals living and practicing in the region. Amid the continuing torrent of corruption scandals in Latin America, implicating senior executives and presidents [...]

Venezuela opposition expels Henri Falcón over poll decision

February, 28 2018 (BBC) Venezuela's opposition has expelled a former state governor after he said he would stand against President Nicolás Maduro in April's election. The Democratic Unity opposition coalition is boycotting the vote. It said Henri Falcón was wrong to validate what it called a fraudulent electoral system. Mr Falcón defended his decision, saying [...]

Five Colombian soldiers killed in blast

February, 27 2018 (CNN) Five Colombian soldiers were killed and 10 others were wounded Tuesday in an explosion, a statement from the army said. The army called the explosion an act of terrorism and blamed rebels. The statement said the incident took place in Norte de Santander, a northeastern region of the country bordering Venezuela, [...]

More bullets than ballots in Mexico as another candidate is gunned down

February, 7 2018 (Panampost) Instead of keeping tabs on how many factories move away from Mexico to the United States, President Trump should instead track the number of assassination attempts Mexican election candidates have had to endure this year. In the early hours of Tuesday, Feb. 6, Francisco Rojas San Román, PRI party candidate for [...]

Billionaire businessman Mendoza rules out Venezuela election run: sources

February, 15 2018 (Reuters) VALENCIA, Venezuela/CARACAS (Reuters) - Billionaire businessman Lorenzo Mendoza has ruled out challenging Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolas Maduro in the upcoming election despite multiple calls for him to stand, sources from his company’s workforce said on Thursday. With the opposition’s strongest potential presidential candidates barred from standing and polls confirming his popularity, [...]

Border breakdown: How groups make money off Venezuela’s migrant crisis

February, 14 2018 (Colombia Reports) Illegal armed groups and criminals are profiting from the economic crisis in Venezuela by charging fleeing migrants for illegal access into Colombia, and in some cases Panama. For these groups, Venezuelans have become the latest commodity that is smuggled across the notoriously porous border. “Because the river doesn’t have a [...]

International Criminal Court may investigate Venezuela

February, 9 2018 (CNN) The International Criminal Court is looking into allegations of excessive force and other abuses by Venezuela's government in response to sometimes deadly anti-regime protests, its prosecutor said Thursday. The "preliminary examination" by the Netherlands-based tribunal is the first step toward launching an investigation into what ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called allegations [...]