Guatemala's former vice president arrested on corruption charges

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Posted: Aug 21, 2015 11:44 AM

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was arrested Friday on corruption charges, a top official with the national prosecutor's office told reporters, just ahead of national elections next month.

Francisco Sandoval, head of the prosecutor's anti-impunity division, said Baldetti had been receiving medical treatment in a hospital in the capital and was deemed healthy enough to be detained.

"The alleged crimes are illicit association, bribery as well as a special instance of fraud related to her links with... customs fraud," said Sandoval.

General elections in the Central American nation, in which the president, vice president and members of Congress will be elected, are scheduled for Sept. 6.

(Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Bernadette Baum)