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  • Aerial view of a protest in Guatemala City against a corruption case involving high-level officials, April 25, 2015.

    Aerial view of a protest in Guatemala City against a corruption case involving high-level officials, April 25, 2015. | Photo: AFP

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Protesters demanded the country's top two officials leave their posts after an investigation implicated numerous public servants in a US$130 million tax fraud scandal.

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Guatemala City to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti. The protests come after an investigation revealed a US$130 million corruption scandal involving numerous public servants, including Baldetti’s personal secretary.

The case involves a large-scale corruption network, allegedly led by Baldetti's former private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzon . Monzon remains fugitive in Honduras after the Interpol issued an arrest warrant more than a week ago.

The case, which is known as “La Linea” (the line), also involved top officials from the Superintendence of Tax Administration of Guatemala (SAT). So far, the director of this institution, Omar Franco, and other 20 people have been arrested on charges of taking bribes in exchange for reduced customs charges.

Holding banners and chanting slogans like “resign now,” protesters are demanding the country's top two officials leave their posts, alleging Baldetti and Perez Molina knew about the criminal network. Some demonstrators also accuse Baldetti of tipping off her private secretary so he could flee prior to being arrested.

President Perez Molina, who was on an official trip in eastern Guatemala during the protest, told journalists that he would not resign. Meanwhile the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) continues investigating the case, with more protests expected in the coming days.

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