A mayor of a Guatemalan village was arrested for allegedly ignoring warnings ahead of a mudslide that engulfed a community in 2015, killing 280 people.
Victor Gonzalo Alvarizaes Monterroso, mayor of the village of Santa Catarina Pinula, to the west of the capital Guatemala City, was nabbed on a charge of negligent homicide, a spokeswoman for the state prosecutor's office told reporters.
The mudslide occurred on October 1 last year. A section of earth detached and covered a district of the village called El Cambray II.
The official toll was 280 killed and another 70 missing.
Investigators say, Alvarizaes was informed of the risk of such a disaster happening, along with recommendations that El Cambray II be moved.
A former mayor of the community, Antonio Coro, was arrested in January on the same charge.