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Weekly InSight: Colombia's Criminal Dynamics and Allegations against Honduras Elites

Weekly InSight: Colombia's Criminal Dynamics and Allegations against Honduras Elites

In our March 23 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa moderated a discussion with Co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about two of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this week: the evolving criminal dynamics in Colombia as the peace process with the FARC unfolds, and the explosive allegations leveled by a confessed drug trafficker against numerous Honduran elites.

US Again Warns Central America over Attacks on Prosecutors, CICIG

US Again Warns Central America over Attacks on Prosecutors, CICIG

A US senator has warned Guatemala that aid funding could be put in jeopardy if the Central American country's president, Jimmy Morales, insists on calling for the removal of Iván Velásquez, the head of the anti-corruption body CICIG.

El Salvador Ex-Mayor Ordered Gang to Kill Local Official, Police Say

El Salvador Ex-Mayor Ordered Gang to Kill Local Official, Police Say

Authorities in El Salvador say a former mayor who was arrested last year had ordered gang members to kill a municipal official, revealing the dangers of too much interaction between gangs and city hall.

Cachiros Leader Links Late Honduras Tycoon to Drug Trafficking

Cachiros Leader Links Late Honduras Tycoon to Drug Trafficking

Drug traffickers in Honduras used a private airstrip owned by the recently-deceased tycoon Miguel Facussé to smuggle drugs by plane from Venezuela, according to a drug trafficker's testimony in US court.

Another Day, Another Damning Testimony of Elites by Honduras Trafficker

Another Day, Another Damning Testimony of Elites by Honduras Trafficker

In his continuing testimony to a US court in New York City, a confessed drug trafficker from Honduras implicated the brother of current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in his criminal enterprise, the latest in a series of accusations that appear to be forming the foundation for several more ground-breaking US judicial cases against Honduras elites.

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime investigates the backroom players who are pulling strings in favor of these elites.