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Former Guatemalan President Arrested In Corruption Investigation

He's been the subject of a corruption investigation dealing with the purchase of public buses.
Posted at 2:24 PM, Feb 15, 2018

Guatemalan law enforcement arrested the country's former president amid a corruption investigation dealing with an order for buses.

Álvaro Colom was president from 2008 to 2012. In that time, he ordered more than 3,000 buses for a public transport system. Fewer than 500 were delivered.

Nine other former government officials were arrested as part of the same investigation. Colom's administration allegedly approved the $35 million deal without proper oversight; it's still not clear how a majority of the money was used.

Colom's presidential successor is set to stand trial for a separate corruption scheme.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.