GUATEMALA CITY – Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Raul Velasquez, a fugitive since last March, was ordered held without bail Tuesday after surrendering to face corruption charges.
Fired March 1 by President Alvaro Colom, Velasquez is accused of collecting a 50-percent kickback on a 40 million quetzal ($4.9 million) contract to supply fuel to the national police.
The then-minister stashed the money at banks in Panama, Brazil and the United States, prosecutors say.
Velasquez also faces a separate indictment in connection with a contract for renovations at a maximum-security prison.
The former official proclaimed his innocence Tuesday in a brief exchange with journalists. EFE