TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras and the Organization of American States have approved a new legal team of international investigators, prosecutors and judges to fight corruption in the Central American country.
President Juan Orlando Sanchez calls the mission "historic" for a country that is controlled in many areas by gangs and has suffered massive government corruption scandals like its neighbor, Guatemala.
The mission approved on Tuesday mirrors a team set up in Guatemala with the help of the U.N. that since 2007 has investigated key cases, including a customs kick-back scheme that put the former president and vice president in jail.
Honduras is suffering a similar public scandal with its social security system. Protesters have taken to the streets demanding a Guatemala-like commission and are concerned the new Honduran team won't have enough teeth.