The chairman of the charity Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Fuentes, has been arrested in Guatemala.
He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal dating back to his time as Guatemala’s finance minister.
No charges have been brought so far.
While his arrest is not related to his role at Oxfam, it will heap further pressure on the charity, which is still reeling from revelations that its staff hired prostitutes in Haiti.
EXCLUSIVE: Oxfam sexual exploiter in Haiti caught seven years earlier in Liberia
Former colleague tells IRIN how she blew the whistle in 2004 and 2008
The man at the centre of a sexual exploitation scandal at aid agency Oxfam was dismissed by another British NGO seven years earlier for similar misconduct, IRIN has found.
A former colleague reveals that Roland van Hauwermeiren was sent home from his job in Liberia in 2004 after her complaints prompted an investigation into sex parties there with young local women. Despite this, van Hauwermeiren was recruited by Oxfam in Chad less than two years later and went on to work for them in Haiti, and then in Bangladesh for Action contre la Faim.
The Swedish government’s aid department, alerted in 2008, also missed an opportunity to bring his behaviour to light and even went ahead that year to fund Oxfam’s Chad project, under his management, to the tune of almost $750,000.
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