Ex-Guatemala Vice President Baldetti Arrested in Tax Fraud Probe

Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti was arrested Friday for her alleged role in a customs tax fraud scandal, according to the attorney general’s office.

Baldetti, who quit in May as a series of corruption scandals hit President Otto Perez Molina’s government, has denied any connection with the charges on previous occasions.

Perez Molina has faced mounting calls for his resignation this year as the scandals mounted. With elections scheduled for Sept. 6, as many as 60,000 people in the country of 14.6 million turned out at rallies earlier this year to protest government corruption.

Guatemalan authorities have arrested 21 people this year including a former tax chief for their roles in the tax fraud scheme. In a separate case, central bank President Julio Suarez and 16 other people were charged in May for their roles in approving an allegedly fraudulent contract issued by the Social Security Institute. Suarez has rejected the accusation.

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