Guatemala to investigate VP over corruption scandal
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Guatemala to investigate VP over corruption scandal

Guatemala’s congress has formed a commission to investigate Vice President Roxana Baldetti in connection with a recent customs corruption scandal.

By law the five-lawmaker commission has 60 days to make a recommendation on whether to revoke Baldetti’s immunity from possible prosecution.

However, lawmakers intend to deliver the report May 14 because of protests and growing calls for the vice president’s resignation.

Thursday’s announcement comes after Guatemala’s Supreme Court gave the green light for lawmakers to begin the process of possibly lifting Baldetti’s immunity.

Dozens of people have been implicated in the bribery scandal, including Baldetti’s former personal secretary, the scheme’s alleged ringleader who is being sought by police.

Associated Press