A judge ordered the detention Thursday of Guatemala’s disgraced president Otto Perez Molina, hours after he resigned his post amid a massive corruption scandal.

Judge Miguel Angel Galvez said that Mr Perez Molina, who was in court answering a raft of corruption charges, posed a flight risk and should be held at the Matamoros military prison near the centre of Guatemala City.

The former president was later seen entering a military barracks where he will spend the night in custody.

Galvez cited a need to “ensure the continuity of the hearing” and guarantee the former president’s personal safety.

Mr Perez Molina reiterated his willingness to face the investigation head-on.

“I have always said I will respect due process,” he said. “I do not have the slightest intention of leaving the country.”

Guatemala’s newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.

President Alejandro Maldonado reached out to protesters who took to the streets against the country’s entrenched corruption, promising he would “leave a legacy of honesty” and restore faith in Guatemala’s democracy in his brief few months in office.

“You can’t consider your work done,” Maldonado said in remarks aimed at all those demanding change. “In what is left of this year, there must be a positive response.”

Source: The Telegraph


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