Guatemala detains Supreme Court judge in corruption probe

Guatemala detains Supreme Court judge in corruption probe

Guatemala, Mexico (Reuters):  A Supreme Court Judge of Guatemalan has been detained for pursuing trafficking, in the latest anti-corruption drive in the Central American country, the prosecutors informed.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office Julia Barrera said, Blanca Stalling was walking in the capital, Guatemala City, when she was arrested while wearing a red wig and sunglasses. The arrest came hours after authorities raided her home.

Congress withdrew Stalling's immunity a week ago after she was accused by a lower-ranking judge of attempting to pressure him to give her son favorable treatment in a fraud case.

Stalling told reporters she was innocent when she entered the courts after being detained.

In 2015, Guatemala's then President Otto Perez was jailed after corruption investigators, with the help of United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, accused him of receiving millions of dollars in bribes for public contracts during his administration.