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Constitutional Court Gives President Otto Pérez Molina’s Impeachment Green Light

LADB Article ID: 79686
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2015-07-02
By: Louisa Reynolds

On July 1, Guatemala’s Corte Constitucional Court (CC) rejected two appeals lodged on behalf of President Otto Pérez Molina that attempted to block an attempt to impeach him and strip him of his prosecutorial immunity, a move that could pave the way for him to face trial for corruption. The CC’s final ruling comes after the appeals court temporarily halted the impeachment process, leaving Pérez Molina’s fate in doubt. Pérez Molina’s impeachment saga began on June 11, when the Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) gave Congress the green light to decide whether he should be stripped of his prosecutorial immunity, after Deputy Amílcar Pop Ac, of the indigenous Winaq party, filed a complaint arguing that there are sufficient grounds to prosecute Pérez Molina on corruption charges. Since doing so, the deputy claims he has been subjected to death threats. Two days later, an extraordinary congressional hearing was held to elect a five-member commission to analyze Deputy Pop’s arguments. Following the procedure established under Guatemalan law, each member of the house was assigned a number, and two members of Congress were asked to draw five random numbers from a raffle.

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