Honduras Elites and Organized Crime

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 APR 2016

Honduras elites have worked with organized crime for decades. These case studies illustrate the deep connections they share in business, politics and even security matters.

About this Project

Elites and Organized Crime is a multiyear project financed by the International Development Research Centre that investigates the dynamics between organized crime and elites in four countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.

Chapter 1

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros

HONDURAS / 9 APR 2016

On the morning of April 5, 1988, Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros left his palatial Tegucigalpa estate for a jog. Matta Ballesteros was wanted for murder, drug trafficking and other crimes…

Chapter 2

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: The Cachiros

CACHIROS / 9 APR 2016

As it tends to happen in Honduras, the news began as a well-heeled rumor: Javier Rivera Maradiaga, the oldest of the three Rivera Maradiaga brothers still alive and leader of…

Chapter 3

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 APR 2016

Honduras is currently one of the most violent countries on the planet that is not at war. The violence is carried out by transnational criminal organizations, local drug trafficking groups,…

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