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Sep 1, 2015

Guatemalan President Stripped of Immunity

This afternoon, within days of elections on September sixth, Guatemala’s Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity of office. It means that Perez Molina can now be charged for a customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration in recent months. A hundred and thirty-two of one hundred and fifty-eight lawmakers approved the measures so that Perez Molina can be tried like any other citizen. Sixty-four year old Perez Molina has maintained he’s innocent, but there are recordings of him by a UN Commission allegedly linking him to the customs fraud which has already caused the arrest of his former vice president, Roxana Baldetti.  Various cabinet minister and vice ministers have already resigned in the face of the allegations. The vote in congress against Perez Molina included members of his own party. While Perez Molina can be charged, his term of office expires in January. Hundreds of Guatemalans have been protesting and calling for his resignation. Here’s a clip of the developments in Guatemala.

 

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In the wake of the customs scandal, key players in Guatemala have urged him to step down and the O.A.S. has made a statement calling on Guatemala to proceed with elections as scheduled for September sixth.

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3 Responses for “Guatemalan President Stripped of Immunity”

  1. Prig Minister of Belize, Ali BaBarrow says:

    This is very distressing news from Guat land.

    It will never be allowed in Belize!
    Not in our lifetime!!

    Government thieves will always have immunity from prosecution!!!
    God save the Queen, God save Ali & his 40 !!!!

    Prosecution is for slaves, commoners and other scape goats.

  2. raul guevara says:

    At least we have something to envy from the Guatemalans!

  3. Carol says:

    This need to happen in Belize. Worst Prime Minister ever.

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