Issued by Transparency International Secretariat
Transparency International condemns in the strongest possible terms Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’s decision to expel the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, (CICIG) the UN-sponsored body charged with assisting national corruption investigations, and urges the Constitutional Court of Guatemala to block this attempt. Working with national authorities since 2007, the International Commission has had significant success in prosecuting numerous high-level corruption cases, and has received strong support for its work from Guatemalan citizens.
On Sunday, Yilen Osorio, a Colombian representative of CICIG was temporarily denied entry to the country. Following pressure from the Guatemalan public and national and international media, Osorio was later allowed entry. On Monday, President Morales unilaterally declared the agreement with the United Nations which was the basis for establishing CICIG to be terminated and gave all CICIG officials twenty-four hours to leave the country, in a move that has been condemned by UN Secretary-General António