- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he knew there were allegations of wrongdoing against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina before he met with him during a trip there in August, and he knew the vice president had stepped down.

But he tells WPRO-AM (https://bit.ly/1FyjuhG ) that he didn’t know the extent of it.

Perez Molina resigned and was detained on Sept. 3 amid a corruption scandal, around two weeks after he met with Elorza on Aug. 18.

Elorza says the meeting to discuss a potential sister city partnership between Providence and Antigua lasted about 15 minutes. The mayor described it as “one very small meeting” in a trip during which he met with several business leaders and groups.

He said Perez Molina’s imprisonment sends a message that corruption won’t be tolerated.

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