President accused of intimidation against people and institutions fighting corruption
Issued by Transparency International Secretariat
Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, has revoked the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity of the United Nations in Guatemala (CICIG), the UN-sponsored body charged with assisting national corruption investigations. Working with national authorities since 2007, the International Commission has had significant success in prosecuting numerous high-level corruption cases.
The president made the announcement while surrounded by military and police leaders, with media reporting the simultaneous deployment of the military to the offices of CICIG. The move comes at a time when the Guatemalan Congress has started preliminary hearings against President Morales over campaign financing irregularities, and is another attempt to attack and weaken the fight against corruption in the country.
The decision does not have national or international support, with a recent survey showing that 70% of Guatemalans trust the work of CICIG. Indeed,