Impunity in the Northern Triangle

EL SALVADOR / 2 APR 2018

In Central America’s Northern Triangle, impunity can be won with money, contacts and coercion. And the same rules apply whether you’re a high-level government official or a narco “kingpin.”

Chapter 1

The Lucky ‘Kingpin’: How ‘Chepe Diablo’ Has (So Far) Ridiculed Justice

CHEPE DIABLO / 9 DEC 2016

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an honorable businessman who…

Chapter 2

Guatemala's Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

CIACS / 15 DEC 2016

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla -- a decorated war hero and a longtime US ally -- finds himself treading water amidst a flurry of accusations about corruption and…

Chapter 3

University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

ELITES AND CRIME / 2 APR 2018

Guatemala is on the verge of electing a new attorney general. The first filter in the selection process is the postulation commission, made up primarily of the deans from the…

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