Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina's immunity

By David Boddiger

GUATEMALA CITY – A special congressional commission on Saturday recommended the removal of Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s immunity from criminal prosecution due to his alleged involvement in a massive customs fraud case that has brought the administration to the brink of collapse.

“The investigative commission recommends to the full Congress that Otto Pérez Molina should be submitted to the tribunals of justice and that his immunity should be removed,” opposition lawmaker and commission member Jorge Barrios said at a press conference.

To remove the president’s immunity, Congress must call a full session and receive at least 105 affirmative votes of 158 lawmakers. On Monday, the legislative directorate is expected to formally receive the commission’s recommendation and set a date for the hearing.

Prior to issuing its unanimous recommendation, the five members of the commission reviewed a written report submitted by President Pérez Molina in which he denied his involvement in the so-called “La Línea” scandal, which made headlines on April 16.

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Pérez Molina’s attorney, César Calderón, told reporters that the law did not require the president to be present at the commission hearing. Calderón reiterated that his client would not step down despite … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times