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Dec 21, 2018

President Jimmy Morales Orders CICIG Agents to Leave Guatemala

Jimmy Morales

On Tuesday, Guatemala announced that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from eleven officials who have investigated alleged corruption, including cases involving the son and brother of President Jimmy Morales. Morales ordered his Foreign Affairs Ministry not to renew the visas and diplomatic clearances of the eleven investigators assigned to the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, CICIG.  Guatemalan news agencies are reporting that “the move marks the latest salvo from Morales in his running dispute with the commission after he refused to renew its mandate in the country earlier this year and then barred its chief from returning to Guatemala from a business trip to the United States.” While the move is causing consternation, a U.S. senator is supporting Morales.  Roger Wicker took the Senate floor this week to support President Morales’ decision to oust the CICIG from Guatemala.

 

Roger Wicker

Roger Wicker, United States Senator

“I take the floor of the United States Senate this afternoon to state plainly my emphatic approval of this action by our Guatemalan friends. Prior to yesterday’s action, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales had previously announced that CICIG’s mandate would not be renewed after September third of next year. The President’s decision marks a logical and welcomed step toward ending CICIG’s presence in Guatemala. Ultimately an independent country has the right to decide if and under what terms a supranational institution can administer justice within its borders. CICIG was never meant to be permanent and no country could accept an unending infringement on its sovereignty. Certainly we in the United States would never consent to having an international body accountable to no one run our judicial system here. Our Guatemalan friends have determined that it is time for CICIG to leave and they have a right as a sovereign nation to make that decision.”

 

Guatemala was one of the few countries to follow the U.S. lead in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


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