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Jailed ex-Guatemalan president receives medical attention for 'cardiac problem'

"The family called me to tell me that General Perez Molina had a cardiac problem. I do not know the severity," the ex-president's defense lawyer Cesar Calderon told Reuters.


Reuters 08 Aug 2018, 03:44 AM

Jailed former Guatemalan president Otto Perez was receiving medical attention, the spokesman for the Central American nation's prison system said on Tuesday, after he suffered what his lawyer described as a "cardiac problem."

"The family called me to tell me that General Perez Molina had a cardiac problem. I do not know the severity," the ex-president's defense lawyer Cesar Calderon told Reuters.

"I do not know what happened to him or how he is ... Since it is an emergency, his transfer to a hospital was requested," said Calderon, of the politician who previously served in the army.

The prison system spokesman said Perez was receiving "preventive" medical attention after he requested it.

A fellow inmate held in the same part of the jail said Perez had suffered a heart attack. The inmate asked not to be named.

Perez was forced to resign and imprisoned in a multi-million dollar graft case stemming from an investigation by the U.N.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). 

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