Guatemala begins probe into bribery allegations linked to president

by Reuters
Friday, 3 September 2021 18:51 GMT

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Guatemala have begun an investigation into allegations that Russian citizens paid a bribe to President Alejandro Giammattei to obtain a dock in one of the country's main ports, the attorney general's office said on Friday.

Juan Luis Pantaleon, spokesman for the Guatemalan attorney general's office, said anti-corruption prosecutors had opened the probe, underlining that Giammattei was not currently under investigation because no impeachment proceedings had begun.

Patricia Letona, a spokeswoman for Giammattei, said the president's office had no comment on the matter for now. (Reporting by Sofia Menchu)

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