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Guatemala: Ex-VP’s bank accounts frozen amid graft probe

May 29, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court froze bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned this month after a corruption scandal reached into her office, the magistrate who made the ruling said Friday.

Judge Marco Villeda’s order from the previous day covers seven accounts containing some $850,000. Villeda said he also froze accounts totaling $1.7 million registered to suspects jailed in the investigation.

Baldetti has not been charged in the alleged scheme in which officials are said to have accepted bribes to lower customs duties. Her former private secretary has been named as the purported mastermind.

Authorities earlier raided 14 properties linked to Baldetti, seizing computers and documents. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Guatemala has seen rising anti-corruption demonstrations in recent weeks and calls for the resignation of top officials including President Otto Perez Molina, who has vowed to remain in office.

Another protest was expected in the Guatemalan capital Saturday.

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