Guatemala seeks to take away opposition candidate’s immunity Lalrp



GUATEMALA CITY — A prosecutor in Guatemala requested a courtroom Monday to elevate the immunity of one of many candidates in June presidential elections, as a result of the candidate had requested a couple of choose’s motive in prosecuting journalists.

Candidates in Guatemala usually have immunity from being prosecuted whereas they’re operating, to make sure free elections.

However on Monday authorities prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche requested the nation’s Supreme Court docket to elevate the immunity of candidate Edmond Mulet, as a result of Mulet had requested for an investigation right into a choose.

It was the most recent chapter during which Guatemala prosecutors have gone after journalists, politicians, former prosecutors and judges for having investigated corruption inside the federal government and judicial system.

Consultants, opponents and overseas governments say that, as an alternative of going after corruption, prosecutors in Guatemala at the moment are going after those that denounce it.

“Let’s see if this loopy, completely unjustified request made by the prosecutor is upheld by the Supreme Court docket or not,” Mulet stated Monday. “We are going to carry on on this strategy of combating corruption and shortsightedness.”

Mulet, who often locations third or fourth in polls of the presidential candidates, is the one certainly one of them who requested for an investigation of Decide Jimi Bremer.

In February, Bremer ordered the investigation of 9 journalists from a newspaper whose president, a distinguished authorities critic, has already been jailed on numerous fees since final yr.

Bremer stated journalists from El Periodico newspaper must be positioned underneath investigation to find out whether or not they had been maliciously pursuing prosecutors, judges and different members of Guatemala’s justice system.

Prime prosecutor Cinthia Monterroso had argued that El Periodico printed tales about complaints, disciplinary processes and questioned selections by justice officers, together with herself. She stated who ordered such tales and the sources of their financing have to be investigated.

The U.S. authorities has sharply criticized the weakening of anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala underneath President Alejandro Giammattei.

Some 30 judges, magistrates and prosecutors concerned within the investigation or processing of these corruption instances have been compelled to flee the nation after dealing with authorized motion underneath the present administration.