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Guatemalan AG Threatens to Resign If Corruption Body’s Head Is Ousted

GUATEMALA CITY – Attorney General Thelma Aldana said she would resign if Ivan Velasquez, the head of the UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), was removed from his post.

“In our joint work together against corruption and impunity, AG-CICIG have contributed to building a better country. Without independence, there is no rule of law,” Aldana said in a Facebook post.

An AG’s office spokeswoman confirmed to EFE the veracity of the post by Aldana, who said the only option she had to protest Velasquez’s removal was “to resign.”

Rumors have been swirling that President Jimmy Morales has asked the UN to remove Velasquez, a Colombian attorney who took over as CICIG’s head in 2013.

CICIG was created in 2007 to help Guatemala’s criminal justice system fight organized crime, corruption and impunity more effectively.

Aldana told Guatevision on Tuesday that she “understood” that Morales had requested a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss CICIG.

Morales and Guterres are scheduled to meet on Friday and the only topic on the agenda is “the removal” of Velasquez, Aldana said.

The Office of the President did not respond to a request for comment from EFE.

Morales, who took office in January 2016, agreed to extend CICIG’s mission until 2019.

CICIG and the AG’s office have investigated corruption cases involving about 300 people, including former officials, businessmen, politicians, members of Congress and mayors, among others.

 

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