Friday, 9 June 2017

Guatemala ex-VP Baldetti wanted by US over cocaine charges

The United States is seeking the extradition of the former vice-president of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, Guatemalan officials say.

US officials suspect Ms Baldetti, 55, of drug trafficking.

Ms Baldetti was arrested in 2015 on charges of money laundering an illicit enrichment in Guatemala. She denies all of the allegations against her.

Officials said she would have to face trial in Guatemala first before being extradited to the United States.

Prosecutors in Washington DC accuse Ms Baldetti of conspiring to import cocaine to the US between 2010 and 2015.

What Roxana Baldetti is suspected of:

  • Taking a 50% cut of illegal payments channelled to officials helping businesses evade customs duties
  • Conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the US
  • Leading a scheme in which millions were spent on a product to decontaminate a lake; the product turned out to be mainly sea water
BBC      News.