The European Union (EU) on Friday imposed sanctions in opposition to 5 people from Guatemala that “undermine[d] democracy, the rule of regulation or the peaceable switch of energy in Guatemala” in response to a press release by the Council of the EU.
The Friday sanctions adopted a January 12 Council decision, presupposed to freeze property of those that have been “accountable for, partaking in, offering help to, or benefitting from, actions that undermine democracy, the rule of regulation or the peaceable switch of energy in Guatemala.” These sanctioned embody the Lawyer Normal of Guatemala María Consuelo Porras Argueta De Porres, three Guatemalan prosecutors: Ángel Arnoldo Pineda Ávila, José Rafael Curruchiche Cucul and Leonor Eugenia Morales Lazo De Sánchez, and a choose Fredy Raúl Orellana Letona.
Guatemala’s new president, Bernardo Arévalo, was inaugurated in mid-January after a failed coup d’état and allegedly politically-motivated raids by Guatemalan prosecutors into Arévalo’s get together’s headquarters. The Council resolution cited Group of American States (OAS) criticism of the raids as a cause for the sanctions. Most of these sanctioned have been sanctioned for what the EU known as “spurious investigations concentrating on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal” and “efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2023 elections in Guatemala.”
The US sanctioned three prosecutors and prohibited them from acquiring US visas for partaking in politically motivated investigations and casting public doubt on the election leads to December. UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk additionally criticized Guatemalan prosecutors for making an attempt to “undercut the overall election outcomes” in December.