An international human rights group says Guatemalan courts are foot- dragging on high-profile cases and threatening the work of the country’s prosecutors and a U.N. anti-corruption commission.
The Guatemalan government has renewed the visa of the U.N. anti-corruption commissioner but instructed him to “refrain from interfering in the internal affairs” of the country.
Guatemalan lawmakers has repealed a recently passed bill that reduced the punishment for illegal campaign financing and set off a storm among government opponents who called it a major reversal in the fight against impunity.
Guatemala’s Congress approved legislation reducing the punishment for campaign-finance crimes Wednesday, two days after blocking prosecutors and a U.N. anti-corruption commission from investigating President Jimmy Morales for alleged irregularities during the election that brought him to office.
President Jimmy Morales faced a crossroads Wednesday after Guatemala’s highest court ruled he could not expel the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission from the country.