Guatemala Congress strips President Perez' immunity amid graft scandal

By REUTERS
September 2, 2015 01:33

Guatemala's Congress on Tuesday stripped President Otto Perez of immunity, paving the way for prosecutors to charge him in a graft scandal that has engulfed his government.

Perez, a 64-year-old retired general, denies any wrongdoing and has repeatedly said he will not resign over a scandal that has sent thousands of protesters onto the streets and gutted his cabinet in the run-up to Sunday's presidential election.

Sources from the attorney general's office involved in the case told Reuters earlier on Tuesday prosecutors would be free to issue an arrest warrant against him if his immunity was lifted. However, it was not clear when that could happen, or what charges he would face.


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