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Guatemala arrests 12 police, civilians in corruption case

June 23, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested 12 people, including civilians and current and former police officers, suspected of corruption.

Prosecutors and a U.N. commission investigating criminal networks in the country say the case involves $6.4 million in contracts to maintain patrol cars and renovate police stations — work that was never carried out.

At least six companies were set up between 2012 and 2013 and received contracts up until this year.

Among those arrested was Hector Florentino Rodriguez Heredia, the purported ringleader and former head of the National Police’s logistical support division.

Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez announced the arrests Tuesday.

A string of recent corruption scandals have shocked and angered Guatemalans, leading to protests and resignations by top officials including the vice president.

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