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U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2005 - Guatemala

Publisher United States Department of State
Author Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Publication Date 28 April 2006
Cite as United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2005 - Guatemala, 28 April 2006, available at: [accessed 25 May 2016]
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Severe resource constraints, corruption, and an ineffective criminal justice system hindered efforts against transnational crime threats such as drug trafficking and alien smuggling, especially through remote areas of the country. Guatemala lacks the technology and manpower to effectively monitor the potential transit of international terrorists. Nevertheless, authorities have provided strong cooperation to U.S. requests for assistance in the investigation of terrorism leads. Deployment of an interagency task force provides a new governmental presence in the previously lawless northwest border region.

Guatemalan law enforcement authorities have sought but do not have wiretapping authority. Legislation pending before the Guatemalan Congress may address this deficiency. Terrorism suspects – like ordinary detainees – can only be held for six hours without being charged.

There is no credible evidence of terrorism financing in Guatemala; the government, along with the private financial sector, actively cooperates in looking for such funds. Terrorism finance legislation was passed and complies with international standards.

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