Ex-President of Guatemala was arrested on charges of corruption

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in Photobacterium of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom Caballeros. Archive photoEx-President of Guatemala was arrested on charges of corruption© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The ex-President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of corruption in the implementation of the transport project.

According to the public Ministry of Guatemala, in the early morning conducted searches at 14 places where suspected in this case. Together with Colom was arrested former Ministers of Finance, interior and defense, said the portal Hora.

The ex-head of the Ministry of Finance of Guatemala’s Juan Alberto Fuentes now heads a charitable organization Oxfam International. Recently, the British Oxfam was already in the center of a scandal after the story of the staff who assisted in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. They allegedly used the services of prostitutes, including, possibly, minors. In the end, the Deputy Director of Oxfam, penny Lawrence, resigned.

Transurbano the project was implemented since 2010 and expected tax exemption and the granting of subsidies to public transport companies selected to service 109 routes in the capital. In 2015, control of Guatemala found serious financial irregularities in the implementation of the project.

Colom was President from 2008 to 2012.