Impeachment requested for Perez Molina

The Public Ministry of Guatemala believes it is "likely" that President Otto Perez Molina was involved in the customs fraud network known as "La Línea" and has called for his impeachment in the Supreme Court.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) and the Public Prosecutor filed a request to lift the immunity of President Otto Perez Molina and to carry out a formal investigation based on the evidence which has been gathered.

Ivan Velasquez, head of CICIG, said that "... there is evidence that can be presented in court and that supports the request for the arrest of Baldetti and the request to waive the immunity of Perez Molina. Both actions were announced on Friday. " reports that "... Officials have offered details about the investigation on the "first level" of those implicated. As a first action, the Supreme Court this morning was presented with a request for impeachment against the chief executive, indicating the crimes of conspiracy and active bribery, together with the former official, arrested this morning at the Medical Center , zone 10. Velasquez said that given the overall systematic analysis, with wiretapping and review of documents seized in raids, the conclusion is that the terms "the head honcho," "the lady honcho", "number 1", "number 2" , "the lady", "the owner of the farm" etc., refer to the president and the vice president."

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