GUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemalan Supreme Court judge accused of attempting to interfere in a prosecution involving her son was arrested on Wednesday.
Blanca Stalling was brought in handcuffs to the courts building in Guatemala City hours after judges rejected a motion from her attorney seeking to quash the arrest order.
Stalling was not at her residence when police went there early Wednesday, but officers caught up with her later at an apartment complex, Attorney General’s Office spokesperson Julia Barrera said.
The high court judge was wearing a wig as disguise, Barrera said.
Once at the courthouse, Stalling complained that the UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, which she likened to the Nazi Gestapo, had been “persecuting” her family for months.
She attributed the charges against her to unnamed groups who had “co-opted” the Supreme Court and sought to punish any judge who defied their demands.
Prosecutors say that Stalling used her position on the highest court to pressure a lower-court judge who was hearing a corruption case against her son, Otto Molina Stalling.
Congress voted last week to revoke Judge Stalling’s immunity, paving the way for formal charges against her.