Prosecutors once more try to strip Guatemala’s president of immunity

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s lawyer basic and the U.N.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) moved on Friday to raise President Jimmy Morales’ immunity so he will be investigated for alleged illicit marketing campaign financing.

FILE PHOTO: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

It is the third time that the lawyer basic and the CICIG, which has taken the lead in pursuing high-level corruption instances in Guatemala, have sought to take away Morales’ immunity – which might require the assist of two-thirds of Congress.

The lawyer basic and CICIG need to decide the origin of some $1 million in undeclared marketing campaign financing Morales managed as secretary basic of the conservative National Convergence Front (FCN) celebration he led from 2015 to 2016. Morales has denied any wrongdoing.

Attorney General Consuelo Porras stated the request to strip Morales of his immunity got here after new proof had surfaced.

Morales stated in an announcement that he revered the rule of legislation, had left the “new case in opposition to him” within the palms of the establishments, and trusted the method would abide by the legislation and never be topic to political pursuits.

Under the management of Ivan Velasquez, a veteran Colombian prosecutor, the CICIG has investigated Morales’ son and brother, earlier than coaching its sights on him.

The Guatemalan president gained workplace in 2015 operating on a platform of sincere governance after his predecessor Otto Perez Molina was compelled to resign and was imprisoned in a multi-million greenback graft case stemming from a fee investigation.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Neil Fullick

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