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Guatemala presidents says he won't resign, denies involvement in kickback scandal

  • People gather in front of  the Presidential House in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina as  he and his staff  meet inside.  Perez Molina's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained Friday in connection with a customs corruption scandal that led to her resignation. Prosecutors also announced they are seeking to investigate the president in the matter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    People gather in front of the Presidential House in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina as he and his staff meet inside. Perez Molina's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained Friday in connection with a customs corruption scandal that led to her resignation. Prosecutors also announced they are seeking to investigate the president in the matter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman watches a message by Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina live at a restaurant in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Molina says he won’t resign from office despite investigators saying he may have been involved in a customs fraud scandal that has thrown the country into political crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A woman watches a message by Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina live at a restaurant in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Molina says he won’t resign from office despite investigators saying he may have been involved in a customs fraud scandal that has thrown the country into political crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man waves a Guatemalan flag during a protest in front of the Presidential House demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Perez Molina's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained Friday  in connection with a customs corruption scandal that led to her resignation.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A man waves a Guatemalan flag during a protest in front of the Presidential House demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Perez Molina's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained Friday in connection with a customs corruption scandal that led to her resignation. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

President Otto Perez Molina says he won't resign from office despite investigators saying he may have been involved in a customs fraud scandal that has thrown the country into political crisis.

Perez denies receiving any money from the fraud ring and says his conscious is clear.

He also apologized late Sunday to Guatemalans for the corruption that has wracked his administration. Ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained Friday as a suspect, and government leaders resigned over the weekend to protest the scandal. Even business chambers normally supporting Perez Molina asked him to resign. Investigators are seeking to revoke the president's immunity from prosecution in the case.

The scandal involved kickbacks paid by businesspeople to avoid import duties and is believed to have defrauded the state of millions of dollars.