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Head of Guatemala’s CICIG Responds to Smear Campaign

Recent rumours on social media disparaging the head of Guatemala have been attributed to dismantled criminal networks attempting to discredit the work of the anti-impunity. Iván Velásquez gave an interview to CNN en Espanol on February 10, to which he stated that rumours are nothing more than a smear campaign.

One of the rumours circulating states that there is a warrant out for Velasquez’s arrest. Another rumour circulation on social media states that Velasquez has been removed as the commissioner of the CICIG, although this claim has been denied by The Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. The US Embassy in Guatemala also showed support for the work being carried out by Velasquez.

However, Valasquez feels that there has been no support offered by representatives of the Guatemalan Government.

Valasquez stated during a recent press conference that those looking to damage his reputation are the same illicit networks that the CICIG had been investigating.

However, comments made by the President of the Foundation against Terrorism alleged that the CICIG was overstepping its mandate. The complaint stated the COCIG had participated in an investigation against 18 former military m in relation to war crimes. According to the FCT, the actions of CICIG did not relate to corruption cases.

However, there is good reason for Velasquez to assume that criminal networks are responsible for the campaign, as the CICIG and the Attorney’s General Office have unearthed a number of corruption schemes that have landed former President Otto Perez Molina, as well as other cabinet officials, in jail.

As such, those visiting the area may want to ensure that they are safeguarded by security services in Guatemala.

“Guatemala” by Nick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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