Guatemala To Shut Down U.N. Anti-Corruption Body On Tuesday | 9/20/2018 | Staff
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Guatemala said it had notified United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it would end a U.N.-backed anti-graft commission on Tuesday – eight months earlier than expected – over accusations the body interfered in internal affairs.

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG, was established over a decade ago with the authority to conduct independent investigations and work with the country’s prosecutors.

Guatemalan - President - Jimmy - Morales - August

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales had announced in August that he would not renew the body’s mandate, which was due to expire on Sept. 3, 2019. Days later, he banned CICIG head Ivan Velasquez, a hard-charging Colombian prosecutor, from re-entering the country.

Working with Guatemala’s attorney general, CICIG sought to prosecute Morales, a former comedian, in 2017 over illegal financing allegations during his election campaign two years earlier. That move followed separate CICIG graft probes into members of the president’s family.

Guatemalan - Foreign - Minister - Sandra - Jovel

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel met with Guterres in New York on Monday.

“It is regrettable that the Secretary-General, in a bid to maintain one person in the position, sacrificed the legitimacy of the...
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