FILE - Guatemala's Vice-President Roxana Baldetti offers a press conference at the presidential residence in Guatemala City on April 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ
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Guatemala's vice president Roxana Baldetti has resigned amid a customs corruption scandal that implicated her former private secretary and opened her up to an investigation.Baldetti, 52, is the first Guatemalan vice president to step down due to a corruption case, although prosecutors have not implicated her in the scandal and she denies involvement.Earlier Friday, authorities arrested five lawyers who allegedly bribed a judge to free suspects jailed in connection with the case.Prosecutors and a U.N. investigative commission said the attorneys paid Judge Marta Sierra Stalling to release the three suspects on bail.Authorities revoked bail and were seeking to lift Sierra Stalling's judicial immunity in order to launch an investigation.
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