Guatemalan Jailed for Tweeting Dissent
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 1:23 PM CDT
Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Guatemalan authorities have arrested an IT worker who urged others on Twitter to withdraw their money from a state-run bank at the center of a murder controversy, the Guardian reports. “First concrete action should be (to) remove cash from Banrural and bankrupt the bank of the corrupt,” read the offending Tweet. The man is being held on $6,500 bail on charges of "inciting financial panic."

Banrural is the bank caught up in a scandal involving the murder of a Guatemalan lawyer last week who foretold his death in a posthumously released video. The murder victim accused President Alvaro Colom of orchestrating his assassination, partly because one of his clients—also murdered—refused to take part in corrupt deals at the bank.