US bars Guatemala prosecutors and choose from acquiring visas amid election dispute – JURIST


The US added on Thursday three Guatemalan prosecutors and a choose, who had been actively pursuing Guatemalan President-elect Bernardo Arevalo on corruption costs, to its checklist of people barred from acquiring US visas. Arevalo’s rise to the presidency and marketing campaign on anti-corruption have confronted numerous challenges, together with makes an attempt to impede his upcoming inauguration on January 14.

The US State Division’s motion is a part of its annual report back to Congress on corruption in Central America. The report factors out that each one 4 people engaged in actions to undermine democratic processes and establishments. They’re accused of orchestrating politically motivated investigations geared toward casting doubt on licensed election outcomes, finally disrupting the presidential transition. These on the blacklist won’t longer be eligible for US visas, and any present visas shall be revoked.

Amongst these on the blacklist is prosecutor Leonor Morales, who, throughout a press conference on December 8, declared the elections “null and void” since “they weren’t licensed” initially by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk instantly raised concern that the announcement “geared toward nullifying the end result of the final elections and questioning the structure and existence of the Movimiento Semilla occasion are extraordinarily disturbing.”

Regardless of the turmoil, Arevalo informed the AFP he has “little doubt” his inauguration will proceed as deliberate. He’s decided to battle corruption “with out worry.”

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