Archive: May 2015

Guatemala Moves to Strip Immunity from Embattled President

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 MAY 2015

Guatemala's Supreme Court is reportedly reviewing a complaint of corruption that involves President Otto Perez Molina, in order to decide whether this merits stripping him of his presidential immunity. It…

Colombia Fights Fuel Smuggling with Armed Helicopters

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2015

Authorities in Colombia have reportedly started using armed helicopters to stop gasoline smugglers crossing the border from Venezuela, an aggressive measure that underscores both the seriousness of the problem and…

82% of Colombia Free from FARC Say MinDef. Really?

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2015

Authorities in Colombia claim guerrilla group FARC's presence has been reduced to only 18 percent of national territory, an assertion that appears to be based more on political motivations than…

Why It’s Important to Visualize Homicide Data

HOMICIDES / 29 MAY 2015

Let's get one point clear right away: a homicide rate isn't necessarily the best number to measure insecurity, let alone fear. There are plenty of people who fear violent robbery…

Latin America at Heart of FIFA ‘Cartel’

SOCCER CRIME / 28 MAY 2015

Twelve of the 14 defendants indicted in the bribery scandal involving international soccer organization FIFA are from Latin America and the Caribbean, just another face of the corruption that permeates…

Industrial-scale ‘Shark Finning’ in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 28 MAY 2015

Officials in Ecuador have reported a large number of shark fins seized over the past month, a development that suggests an industrial-scale practice of “shark finning" along the country's coastline,…

How Organized Crime Infiltrated Guatemala’s Government

ELITES AND CRIME / 28 MAY 2015

Two expert analysts explain how Guatemala's criminal networks have penetrated the state, and shed light on the ways in which these networks can be combatted and eliminated.

El Salvador Gangs Take Credit for Homicide Drop During Romero’s Beatification

BARRIO 18 / 28 MAY 2015

El Salvador's principal street gangs have taken responsibility for the sharp drop in homicides during the recent beatification ceremonies for Archbishop Oscar Romero, but authorities deny such claims. …

Did ‘El Chapo’ Give a Private Plane to a Honduras Politician?

EL CHAPO / 27 MAY 2015

A Honduras government investigation has reportedly revealed that a mysterious private plane found at an airport several years ago was a gift from Mexico's most famous drug lord to a…

US Banks Close Branches Along Mexico Border to Prevent Money Laundering

MEXICO / 27 MAY 2015

Major US banks have recently closed branches along the southern border with Mexico in an attempt to crack down on money laundering, a reflection of the ease with which Mexican…

Panic Ensues After MS13 Allegedly Prohibits Blonde Hair in Honduras Markets

HONDURAS / 27 MAY 2015

Rumors that the MS13 prohibited women from having blonde hair in marketplaces have sparked panic in Honduras, demonstrating the terror triggered by the country's gangs and possibly marking an attempt…

Criminal Groups Target Peru Schools, Killing Director

EXTORTION / 27 MAY 2015

A spate of killings at schools in Peru that authorities say were targeted for extortion serve as a stark reminder of how organized crime preys on educational centers throughout the…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …