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Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina appeared in court on Thursday to answer charges of his alleged involvement in a customs-fraud ring, hours after resigning from his post, as a growing corruption scandal plunged the country into its worst political crisis since the end of a brutal civil war.
A judge will then determine whether Mr. Pérez Molina goes to jail to await trial or gets a stay to allow him to remain free, the country’s prosecution agency reported.
The 64-year-old former general, whose presidential term ends in January, resigned late on Wednesday after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Under Guatemalan law, Vice President Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre will take office to serve out Mr. Pérez Molina’s term.
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