Historic Guatemala anti-corruption battle endangered

Published 01-08-2019

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - A decade-long U.N.-assisted anti-corruption effort that brought down a president faces extinction after the Guatemalan government ended the agreement, drawing condemnation from transparency and rights groups.

The U.N. anti-corruption commission known as the CICIG has angered President Jimmy Morales after it helped investigate him, his sons and his brother on accusations of corruption they deny.

Morales has barred commission members from renewing visas and entering Guatemala, and he dropped the final shoe Monday when his government tried to expel the group, giving its prosecutors a day to leave the country.

The Washington Office on Latin America said Tuesday: "This action would decimate the rule of law in Guatemala."

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, wrote that "assistance for the Guatemalan government will be suspended in accordance with U.S. law."

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Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales, center, gives a statement, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press


Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales, center back, and Vice President Jafeth Cabrera walk after a statement at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press


Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales, flanked by his cabinet, gives a statement at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press


Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales arrives to give a statement, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press


Irina Bitkova, center, and his husband Igor Bitkov, accused and convicted of corruption for the use of false documents to open businesses and buy property in Guatemala, thanked President Jimmy Morales for withdrawing from the commission, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press


Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales gives a statement, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Guatemala announced that it is going to withdraw from UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) - The Associated Press