GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors on Wednesday requested that former President Jimmy Morales be stripped of his immunity so he may be prosecuted for violating the mandate of the United Nations-backed anti-corruption mission then working within the nation.
Morales, who led Guatemala from 2016 to 2020, has immunity as a result of after his time period he instantly grew to become a consultant to the Central American Parliament. Morales assumed the presidency pledging to battle corruption however as soon as he and relations grew to become targets of the anti-corruption mission, he moved to push it out of Guatemala.
In 2017, Morales declared the top of that mission, Colombian Iván Velásquez, persona non grate and didn’t permit him to re-enter the nation.
Morales was twice investigated throughout his presidency for alleged electoral crimes.
But it surely was his resolution to drive Velásquez out, regardless of a ruling from Guatemala’s highest courtroom that he couldn’t, that was trigger for Wednesday’s transfer by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s workplace to attempt to strip his immunity.
The U.N. mission, often known as the CICIG, labored in Guatemala for 12 years, taking down prison networks and even former President Otto Pérez Molina and his Vice President Roxana Baldetti.
To raise Morales’ immunity the Supreme Court docket will assign the case to a decide who will resolve whether or not the proof introduced by prosecutors is legitimate. That decide will then make a advice and the Supreme Court docket will take the ultimate resolution.
Neither Morales nor his attorneys instantly commented.