The former president of Guatemala Álvaro Colom died
Former members of your government expressed their regret over the death of the person who was in charge of the country between 2008 and 2012
The former president of Guatemala Álvaro Colom died. (Reuters)
Former Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom (2008-2012), 71, sanctioned for corruption in 2021 by the United States, died on Monday for reasons that have not been clarified, reported former members of his cabinet.
“President Álvaro Colom has passed away. I am sorry for his death and I join in praying for his eternal rest,” the former Minister of the Interior, Carlos Menocal (2010-2012), wrote on Twitter, without specifying further details of the death of the former president who received treatment for esophageal cancer.
“Working and learning by his side was a privilege. I understood and got to know Guatemala through him. A just man who dared to (make) visible the invisible (…). Goodbye, President Colom”, tweeted the former presidential spokesman, Fernando Barillas.
The former president was sanctioned in July 2021 by Washington< /b> that included him in the list of “corrupt and undemocratic actors” in the so-called Central American Northern Triangle, or Engel List.
The United States prohibited Colom from entering its territory after the courts prosecuted him in 2018 for alleged anomalies in a public transport contract entered into during his administration.
The former president was sanctioned for corruption in 2021 by the United States. (AP/Luis Soto)
The former president was accused by the Special Prosecutor's Office Against Impunity for alleged anomalies in the prepaid system for the TransUrbano passenger service for some 35 million dollars.
Colom was arrested that year along with most of his cabinet members and later a judge He opened criminal proceedings for the case. The former president was released from prison after paying bail.
Six months after his entry into prison, the former president was released after paying a bail of 200,000 dollars (approximately 184,000 euros), from which time he had been under house arrest .
The case was also investigated by the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a UN agency that operated from 2007 to 2019 and uncovered several high-profile corruption scandals. impact on the Central American country.
Colom won the Presidency of Guatemala in the 2007 general elections with the National Union of Hope (UNE) party , a party that has mourned his death through its social networks.
“The National Unity of Hope, the Executive Committee and all its affiliates regret the sensitive death of Engineer Álvaro Colom Caballeros , former president of the Republic of Guatemala and founder of the UNE”, has indicated the formation, which also He has also conveyed his condolences to the family.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)